April starts aptly: Showers expected this afternoon

Despite a pleasant morning, April will begin to live up to its stereotype today with a chance of showers this afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said.

Today’s mild weather — temperatures are expected to be near 60 degrees — won’t last long, though, as a strong cold front sweeps eastward late this afternoon, meteorologist Charlie Foley said.

Between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., winds are expected to strengthen with gusts between 40 and 50 miles per hour reported in some areas. Accompanying the winds will be scattered rain showers, and a few isolated thunderstorms across the eastern part of the state, Foley said.


“These are the first thunderstorms of the season as we get into springtime,’’ Foley said.

The cold front will plunge temperatures back below normal, a bitter reality after this weekend’s bout of mild weather.

The gusting winds will stick around Tuesday and Wednesday, as daytime highs only reach the low 40s, though skies will remain clear, Foley said.

Overnight lows beginning tonight and lasting through Wednesday night aren’t even expected to top 30, with 28 degrees forecasted each night for Boston, forecasters said.

Things will recover nicely for the end of the week, as temperatures moderate and clear skies continue, Foley said. Highs in the low 50s will likely last through this weekend, forecasters said, in step with Boston’s current normal temperature of 50 degrees.

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