A gorgeous day ahead as warming trend begins

A gorgeous day is in store for the Bay State as high pressure builds over the region, keeping skies sunny and temperatures comfortable, the National Weather Service said.

Sea breezes will keep temperatures slightly cooler in the mid-70s along the coast, while areas inland could see temperatures in the 80s today, meteorologist Hayden Frank said. Dewpoints are expected to remain low , too.

A warming trend kicks off over the next couple days, combined with gradually increasing humidity, Frank said.

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Friday, the first day of summer, should start out nice with coastal highs in the 70s, forecasters said, and temperatures will likely reach the low to mid-80s inland. Dewpoints will be in the 50s — slightly higher than today, but still comfortable, Frank said. Isolated showers and thunderstorms could develop across the northwest corner of the state in the afternoon, though the threat for severe weather is minimal, forecasters said.

Along northern and central New England, chances for isolated showers and thunderstorms will continue through the weekend into Monday, Frank said, with the best timing for storms during the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 81 degrees in Boston on Saturday and 77 degrees on Sunday.

Temperatures will continue to climb into the middle of next week, with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s by Wednesday, Frank said.

“I think we’re going to see a period from the weekend into Wednesday of some pretty warm weather,” Frank said. “There’s definitely potential for a heat wave from the late weekend into early next week.”