Looking for spring? You won't find it today. In a sneak preview of summer, temperatures shattered a record.
Temperatures in Greater Boston hit 89 degrees just before 2 p.m., topping the previous mark of 86 in 1991, said Alan Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton.
Some local suburbs, such as Winchester, reported temperatures in the 90s. Providence hit 91.
As long as southwest winds persist, temperatures could continue inching up.
With the high heat and a dry wind blowing, forecasters are concerned about possible brush fires.
The sun, beaming from a higher angle in the sky at this time of year and unimpeded by any green leaves, is drying out the underbrush and the leaves on the forest floor, forecasters said. The tinder is looking for any spark.
Brush fires have already broken out this week, with one consuming tall reeds along the Mystic River in Medford Tuesday and another along the Muddy River in the Fens on Monday.
A red flag fire warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for most of Massachusetts, excluding Barnstable and Berkshire counties, Dukes and Nantucket.
“It doesn’t mean there are going to be more fires,” Dunham said. “It means the weather conditions are right that if there is a brush fire, there’s a greater tendency for it to spread because the burning conditions are better.” He said the warning is meant to give a heads-up to local fire crews so they can prepare better.
Lows in the upper 50s tonight should give way to temperatures in the mid-60s tomorrow, with sunny skies making a comeback.
A cold front brings a chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms for Thursday night or Friday morning, with cooler, more seasonable weather predicted for the weekend.
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