Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Basking in warm sunlight after the recent downpours, people in Boston today were giddy over an early taste of spring.
Jim and Sharyn McCann of Glastonbury, Conn., who were in the city to enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day and a Bruins game tonight, soaked up the rays from a bench on Boston Common.
“It’s hard to know what the weather’s going to be like, but we definitely didn’t expect this weather,” Jim said. “We didn’t bring our suntan lotion.”
John MacNeil, 85, of Scituate, said the turnaround in the weather was just what he would expect from New England.
“There’s weather that goes and pelts you in the face -- or it’s caressing you like it is today,” MacNeil said.
The temperature in Boston reached 65 as of 3 p.m. in Boston, falling just a few degrees short of 70, the record for March 18. The temperature was about 20 degrees higher than usual.
Charlie Foley, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Taunton, said residents can expect a very mild weather regime right through Saturday into some of Sunday.
But he cautioned that no one should get used to temperatures in the 60s, at least not yet.
High pressure moving across the midsection of the country is pumping above-normal temperatures into the region. Temperatures typically sit around the mid- to upper 40s around this time of year, he said.
Max Vasapoli, 23, of North Reading, works a night job in the city, but he arrived early to read a magazine on the BU "beach," a grassy patch along Storrow Drive.
“It’s a blessing,” Vasapoli said. “Let’s hope it stays like this.”
“I’m a sunny guy,” said Daniel Kim, 18, a BU freshman, who said the gloomy weather at the beginning of the week, combined with exams piling up just after spring break, had been a bummer.
“I’m so happy out here, and people are chilling. It’s a nice environment instead of staying inside," he said.
Tonight, temperatures should dip to the lower 40s. Sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s should return on Friday, with lows in the lower 40s Friday night. Mild weather is predicted to continue through Saturday, when temperatures in some inland locations may climb to 70 degrees, Foley said.
But a cold front moving into the region on Sunday night should bring rain -- of lesser magnitude than what the region experienced last weekend through early this week -- through Monday night, Foley said. More typical temperatures in the 40s should return next week.
Flood warnings are still in effect for Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, and Worcester counties, but Foley said most rivers have fallen into minor flood, and the majority have crested, receded, or returned to their banks.
Those in minor flood include the Parker River in Byfield, the Ipswich River in south Middleton, the Charles River in Waltham, the Nashua River in Clinton, the Monatiquot River in east Braintree, the Jones River in Kingston, and the Mill River in Taunton, according to the National Weather Service. Exceptions include the Taunton River in Bridgewater, which has fallen from major flood to moderate flood, and the Ipswich River in Ipswich, which remains in moderate flood.
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