Steady cool temperatures through end of week

High pressure over the eastern half of the U.S. and a Low passing along the Canadian border will keep daytime temperatures steady in the mid to high 50s (°F) and nights in the high 30s (°F) through the weekend in Cambridge. There will be clouds and moderate to strong winds but little chance of precipitation. To the West, however, the Great Lakes region likely received some snow last night and will get some mixed precipitation today. To the north, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine will likely get showers today.

The cool weekend may remind some of the particularly cold and snowy season that we just left behind, but it turns out that our cold experience in eastern North America was not shared by the rest of the world. In fact, the January–March quarter in 2015 was the hottest on record for the world as a whole, beating out January–March 2002 by less than a degree. For the next year, at least, we can say that we experienced a winter that was both Boston’s snowiest and the world’s warmest on record.