Week to begin chilly; warmup expected on Wednesday and Thursday

Think it was cold this morning? Talk to the people in the Western Massachusetts community of Ashfield, where the mercury dropped to 12 degrees this morning.

While not quite as chilly, all of Massachusetts is expected to see dry and cold air through Tuesday as a high pressure system builds over the state. The system will move east Wednesday, bringing somewhat warmer temperatures before showers and colder temperatures return at the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

“We will see a couple days of cool weather and will then warm up Wednesday and Thursday,” said William Babcock, weather service meteorologist. “The next cold front will move in late Thursday.”

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Today will be sunny, with a high near 44. A northeast wind will bring gusts up to 11 miles per hour but will diminish throughout the day. Temperatures will drop into the low 30s overnight, and clouds will develop.

“The normal high in Boston for this time of year is around 56, so we will see temperatures below that for much of the week,” Babcock said. Ashfield’s temperature last night was the lowest recorded in the state.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a light southeast wind blowing through most of the day. Daytime temperatures will reach the upper 40s before dropping to around 40 overnight.

Wednesday will be mostly dry, and skies should be partly sunny. Temperatures during the day will rise to nearly 60, and should fall into the low 50s overnight. Clouds will develop, and showers are likely late Wednesday night.

Temperatures will reach into the mid-60s Thursday, and skies will be mostly cloudy. Rain will continue overnight as temperatures fall to around 40, according to the weather service.

Sunny conditions will return Friday, but it will be cooler, with temperatures climbing to around 50. Temperatures will fall into the low 30s overnight.

The weekend will be mostly sunny, with Saturday and Sunday both shaping up to be dry. Daytime highs will hover in the low 50s through the weekend.

“Friday and Saturday look chilly, but clear skies are likely,” Babcock said.