T-shirt clad commuters strolled Boston sidewalks, lines at the Dewey Square food trucks were several-dozen-diners long and the Frog Pond skating rink slowly turned into a shallow above-ground pool on Wednesday as temperatures climbed into the record-breaking mid-70s.
When the city passed the 75-degree mark Wednesday afternoon, it made history in the Hub, the National Weather Service proclaimed on Twitter. It kept climbing, reaching 77 degrees by mid-afternoon.
The previous record for this date in the city was 72 degrees.
It also marks the “earliest day in [March] in recent recorded history when the high was 75 or higher,” according to the Weather Service.
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Previously, the earliest date for a 77-degree March day in Boston was March 20, 1921, the Weather Service’s Bill Simpson told Metro.
It’s been a warm winter this year – welcome news for commuters still reeling after last year’s epic snowfall body-slammed the region’s transit infrastructure.
Just short of a month ago, the city saw record-setting, frigid Valentine’s Day cold. At the chilliest part of that pipe-freezing cold snap, wind chills were in the minus 30s.
After Wednesday’s warmth, the forecast calls for cooler – but still above average - days for the rest of the week.
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Weather.com called for rain on Thursday and a high of 63 degrees, then highs in the 50s through Sunday, and the Weather Service is calling for higher-than-average temperatures for the next two weeks.
But Bostonians shouldn’t get too comfortable, Simpson told Metro. Further west, a curvy jet stream pulling down Canadian air has led to colder-than-average temperatures, he said.
“There’s a flip side to the warm side and maybe we’ll see it,” he said, adding that it’s still possible the city will see measurable snowfall before spring.