Mass. records warmest ever March-May period

Remember those crazy sweltering 80-degree days earlier this year? While the recent chilly days may have begun to balance things out somewhat, Massachusetts experienced the warmest spring ever recorded, according to the government.

For meteorological spring (the months of March, April, and May), the average temperature of 50.63 degrees was 5.23 degrees higher than the 20th-century average of 45.40 degrees.

It was also the warmest first five months of the year ever recorded and the warmest 12 months ending in May ever recorded in Massachusetts, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Massachusetts fell in line with national trends. The spring was also the warmest ever recorded nationally, surpassing the previous mark, set in 1910.


So far in June, with its rainy days and chilly nights, the average temperature in Boston is about 7 degrees below normal, said meteorologist Bill Simpson.

The area is still short more than 6 inches of precipitation for the year, the National Weather Service reported. But the recent rains — Boston has already received 1.44 inches of rain this month — have helped.

“We were concerned about drought, but we’re doing pretty well now,’’ said Simpson.

Clouds are expected to move in this afternoon, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms into the evening. Highs today and Saturday will hit the upper 70s.

On Sunday, temperatures will likely reach 80 degrees in most of the state.

Sunday will be sunny until about noon when clouds begin moving in from the west, reaching Boston around 4 or 5 p.m. Those clouds may bring a few scattered showers in the afternoon — especially in Western Massachusetts.

Early next week temperatures are expected to range from the upper 70s to the low 80s. Rain is not in the forecast again until Wednesday.

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