By Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
Although it may seem a distant memory this bone-chilling week, 2012 was the warmest year ever recorded in Boston, according to the National Weather Service.
Most people will remember the balmy winter which, at an average of 37.2 degrees Fahrenheit, turned out to be the second warmest on record and the fourth least snowy. The average annual temperature was 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit about 2.8 dgrees higher than normal. Reliable record keeping in Boston began in 1872.
“The winter of 2011-2012 was pretty warm,’’ said Matthew Belk, a meteorologist with the Weather Service in Taunton. For example, March was 8.4 degrees above normal, he said. It was not that it was warm all year long. June, for example, was slightly below normal, but with so many days and weeks above normal, it proved an overall balmy year.
Across New England, other cities also reported record or near-record warming last year such as Hartford, Providence, and Burlington, Vt.
But the short-sleeves many donned last winter are now morphing into mittens and thick socks as a deep freeze promises to descend on the region Wednesday night.
The cold will be particularly intense north of the Massachusetts Turnpike and west of Interstate 495. South of the Pike, lows are expected to be in the single digits. In Boston, the low temperature is expected to be about three to nine degrees.
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