Warmer temperatures coming as region moves past chilly nights, National Weather Service says

Now that this morning’s frigid start is behind us, things will only warm up this week.

A weak system created more clouds than anticipated overnight, helping to insulate the region from an unwanted freeze.

Most of the region — except for Bedford where the temperature dropped to 32 degrees — escaped an overnight freeze, which would have been tough on people’s gardens, National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said today. Worcester reached 39 degrees, thanks to clouds and a light wind, while Boston bottomed out at 44 degrees, he said.

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Frost shouldn’t be an issue going forward, Dunham said. Lows will remain in the low to mid-40s overnight tonight, with lows Wednesday through Sunday night predicted in the 50s.

Temperatures today will begin to recover, as highs reach 60 in Boston with mostly cloudy skies.

Wednesday will start off sunny, though clouds rolling in during the afternoon could bring some evening showers, forecasters said. Temperatures will be in the 60s, a normal range for this time of year, the weather service said.

Thursday looks to be the nicest day of the week, with mostly sunny skies and a high near 76 in Boston. Skies will stay clear through Saturday. On Friday, temperatures could graze 70 ahead of a slight cool-down this weekend, with forecast temperatures in the mid-60s.

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