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Record Warmth This Weekend

Record Warmth This Weekend

It’s that time of year again, when you no longer need your coat outside, but instead must wear it inside. I am referring to a series of warm, summer-like days, followed by the inevitable switch from heat to air conditioning in MIT’s buildings. This weekend looks to do the trick, with Saturday’s forecasted high of 82°F approaching the record high of 83°F (set in 1982), and Sunday’s high of 85°F challenging the current record of 85°F (set way back in 1872).

The cause of such warm temperatures is a strong high pressure system anchored off the North Carolina coast. This system, which will persist for several days, will set up a flow from the southwest and in turn send warm air into our region. Skies should stay sunny, with the exception of possible fair weather cumulus clouds during the day. Fair weather cumulus clouds are fluffy, low level clouds caused by convective instability near the surface. Their growth is limited by the stable atmosphere above associated with the high pressure system; hence, they are a sign of favorable weather.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Clear, Low 52°F (11°C).

Tomorrow: Sunny, High 82°F (28°C).

Tomorrow night: Clear, Low 61°F (16°C).

Sunday: Sunny, High 85°F (29°C).