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Chilly winds Saturday, but warm spring days are coming





Massachusetts residents braving chilly winds Saturday can take solace in knowing that warm weather and sunny skies are likely headed their way soon, with some parts of southern New England predicted to reach 80 degrees Tuesday.

Although nearly three weeks into spring, cool temperatures and strong winds are expected throughout the state Saturday, with gusts reaching up to 30 miles per hour in Greater Boston, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton.

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Temperatures in Greater Boston Saturday are predicted to reach a low of 37 and a high of 49, but Massachusetts residents can expect it to heat up around the state starting Sunday, said Lenore Correia, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

“We have a high pressure building in to the region, so we’re going to see pretty nice weather ahead,” Correia said. “We have 60s on Sunday, on Monday we have 70s, and then on Tuesday we could see upper 70s.”

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Flood warnings were still in effect Saturday morning for the Assabet River in Maynard and the Taunton River in Bridgewater, but the warnings are expected to recede later Saturday, Correai said. The warnings, which affect Middlesex, Worcester, Plymouth, and Bristol counties, were issued Friday because runoff from recent heavy rain coupled with melting snow in northern New England put the areas at risk of minor river flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Sunday is expected to be a bit warmer in Greater Boston, with temperatures predicted to reach a high of 58 and a low of 44, Correia said. Winds are expected to calm down, with gusts up to around 20 miles per hour.

“It shouldn’t be like today,” Correia said of Sunday’s wind gusts.

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The start of the work week will be even warmer, with temperatures in Greater Boston for Monday expected to hit a high of 68 and a low of 53, Correai said. On Tuesday, Greater Boston is predicted to reach up to 77 degrees, with a predicted low of 54.

A cold front is expected to roll through between midnight and 7 a.m. on Wednesday, likely bringing temperatures back into the 60s, Correai said. Thursday is predicted to still be in the 60s, then coming down to the 50s for the rest of the week, Correai said.

Olivia Arnold can be reached at olivia.arnold@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @olivia_arnold12


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