Warmer weather follows near freezing Monday night, NWS forecasts

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Temperatures around Boston should warm into the 70s midweek as the wind and cold depart and leave behind potentially perfect weather for fall foliage viewing, but not before some parts of the state see freezing temps.

The weekend’s cold will linger into Monday morning, according to forecasters with the National Weather Service. After that, warm weather will settle over the region for the remainder of the work week.

“Basically a warming trend all week,” NWS Meteorologist Kyle Pederson told the Herald.

Pederson said the recent wind and rain will wrap overnight Sunday and, though there is a chance for the Cape and Islands to see some scattered showers, otherwise the week will be dry for most of the region.

“We’re not detecting any rain this week,” he said.

The weather service predicts temperatures will be in the 40s for early morning commuters, but by the end of the day Monday things could warm close to the 60s under partly sunny skies and a 10 mph breeze blowing in from the north.

Overnight Monday may be the coldest night of the week, Pederson said, with the higher elevation regions of the state potentially seeing freezing temperatures. Boston, because of the nearby still somewhat warm ocean water, should stay in the mid-40s overnight, he said. Further inland and across much of the Bay State the temps will likely be in the mid-30s.

On Tuesday, the winds will calm further and the sun shine through fewer clouds, with temps again pushing toward or into the 60s, Pederson said. Overnight temperatures will likely fall back into the mid-40s.

Mostly sunny skies on Wednesday could send the mercury into the 70s, especially further inland from the coast, Pederson said. The wind may also pick up slightly, according to the NWS, potentially reaching 15 mph.

Overnight temperatures heading into Thursday should stay in the low-to-mid 50s.

Thursday may be the warmest day of the week, according to the weather service, when parts of the region could see temperatures in the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies and a slight breeze. Temperatures should stay the low-to-mid 50s overnight, when more clouds are expected to roll in.

Thursday is also, according to the fall foliage map maintained by Yankee Magazine, when the majority of the Bay State will move from “early” to “mid” leaf peeping season. Parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will be in “late” season approaching “peak.”

Friday could be another dry, 70-degree day, Pederson said, with comfortable dew points, very little wind, and partly a sunny sky. Overnight temps fall back into the mid-50s.

As of now, the weather service is predicting similar 70 degree temperatures on Saturday, but chillier highs in the upper 50s on Sunday.

Rowers make their way under the railroad bridge during the Head of the Charles Regatta Sunday. (Photo by Reba Saldanha/Boston Herald)
US Rowing umpires (from left) Lisa Patterson, Stacey Ornitz and Katie Shilling face wind and cool temps on the BU Bridge as they officiate the Head of the Charles Regatta. (Photo by Reba Saldanha/Boston Herald)

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