Welcome back, summer; three days of warm temperatures ahead

Summer’s back in town. The National Weather Service says the region can look forward to three days of summertime temperatures.

Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day of the week, with high temperatures climbing in some areas to the mid-80s.

“Normally, for this time of year, the normal high temperatures for Boston are in the upper 60s and lows are in the low 50s,” said Benjamin Sipprell, weather service meteorologist. “For this week, we are talking about 15 degrees above the average high temperatures for this period.”

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The dry weather and unseasonably warm temperatures come as high pressure builds across the Eastern Seaboard. The next chance of rain will be Friday afternoon, the weather service said.

Today highs in the mid- to upper 70s are expected, with coastal areas a smidgen cooler. Overnight lows will range from the mid-40s to mid-50s.

On Wednesday, temperatures from the mid-70s all the way to the mid-80s are expected. To break a record, the mercury would have to climb to 88 in Boston, 87 in Providence, and 83 in Worcester.

On Thursday, highs will drop back into the mid- to upper 70s. On Friday, highs are expected to drop another couple of degrees, the weather service predicts on its website.

The weekend will be fairly pleasant, but rain is expected. High temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will remain in the 70s, and sun is expected both days, though showers could develop late Sunday.

“One system will come in and bring rain on Friday and another will likely come Sunday, so Saturday looks like the better day of the two,” Sipprell said.

In a related note, the National Weather Service will scale down its operations beginning today due to the government shutdown.

In a tweet this morning, the Weather Service office in Taunton announced it would “provide forecasts & critical weather support” but would not respond to “non-critical” questions.