Wednesday’s warmup could be accompanied by wild winds

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WBZ-TV’s AccuWeather forecast

Enjoy this little slice of spring, but keep your hand on your hat.

Temperatures will rise to nearly 60 Wednesday, making it feel more like May than January, but winds will kick up in the evening, possibly to damaging speeds, as a cold front moves in.

That front will drive the mercury back down to wintry temperatures by Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service says.

Though the coming mild temperatures will be a welcome relief from last week’s bitter cold, meteorologist Charlie Foley advised people not to pack up their parkas for the season.

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“Don’t get used to it,’’ he said. “It’s still only January.’’

Lows tonight are expected to be in the 30s and the service has issued a freezing rain advisory for areas in Central and Western Massachusetts. But temperatures are actually expected to rise toward morning.

Wednesday afternoon highs are expected to rise to the 50s, tickling 60, the forecasters said.

But the winds in the evening will get serious. The service issued high wind watches, warning of strong sustained winds reaching as high as 30 or 35 miles per hour, as well as gusts that could reach 60 miles per hour. Such gusts could bring down trees, limbs, and power lines, as well as blow unsecured objects around, the forecasters said.

Showers and even thunderstorms are also possible as a cold front moves into the region, with lows dropping Wednesday night to the mid-40s to lower 50s.

On Thursday, skies will be partly to mostly sunny, and highs will rise to the upper 40s to lower 50s. But temperatures will sink to the upper 30s to the mid-40s during the midafternoon and into the 20s that night, the forecasters said.

Friday and Saturday daytime highs are expected to reach the low to mid-30s. As if it were winter once again. Sunday will be a shade warmer, with some areas reaching the high 30s, the forecasters said.

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