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Boston weather: April begins more seasonable after a colder than normal March

March was a significantly cold month locally and more so through sections of the Northeast and Great Lakes Region.
March was a significantly cold month locally and more so through sections of the Northeast and Great Lakes Region.

Metro Boston, North Shore and Metro West: The March numbers are in for Boston and no surprise that it was a much colder than average month. The following numbers represent observations taken at Logan Airport in east Boston and may not be representative of other locations throughout northeast Massachusetts.

High temperatures averaged 41.7 degrees, low temperatures 25.2 degrees with the average for the month at 33.5. This is -4.8 degrees below normal. There were two days in which it reached 60 degrees, on the 11th and 28th, with a total of nine nights in which lows fell below 20 degrees. The lowest temperature for the month was 11 degrees on the 6th. Inland sections saw their temperatures fall into the teens and even single digits several more times than in Boston. For example, Lawrence recorded twelve nights of below 20 degree temperatures and within that number seven times they fell below 10. Beverly, fifteen times below 20 with five of those nights below 10 degrees.

After a snowy January and February there was not much snow in March as several potential storms went to our south. Snowfall was only recorded at 2.2 inches in Boston, although many areas south of the city recorded much more than that. It remained dry through most of March until the heavy rainfall of the last three days of the month brought totals to just about average.

We welcomed April on Tuesday and with that hopefully more seasonal weather. In fact the pattern for the remainder of the work week favors tranquil weather with seasonal temperatures, perhaps slightly above average across the interior. Sea breezes, now there’s a Spring weather term for you, are likely to develop Wednesday and Thursday which will keep it much cooler along the coast with a general trend for onshore winds everywhere on Friday.

After the flooding rainfall of the past weekend we can certainly use a stretch of dry weather this week. With a dry weak frontal boundary moving through Wednesday, low pressure missing to our south and high pressure in the area we should maintain dry conditions into Friday.

Low pressure in the Midwest Friday morning is expected to track to a position near Long Island by Saturday morning. This will bring a period of wet weather Friday night into Saturday with drying conditions over the second half of the weekend.

Three Day Outlook:

Wednesday through Thursday night: Generally partly cloudy skies. High temperatures in the 50s inland, upper 40s to near 50 on the coast with temperatures falling through the 40s by late afternoon along coastal locations. Onshore winds coast, light and variable winds across the interior. Overnight lows in the 30s with winds light and variable.

Friday: Sunny start, followed by increasing clouds. Cooler, highs in the mid 40s. Light northeast winds.

Friday night: Rain developing. Cool, lows in the upper 30s.

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