In the freezer today, but a warmup Thursday through the weekend

Today will see the coldest temperatures of the season, as an arctic air mass continues to reign over the region. High pressure will build across the state Thursday, bringing milder temperatures that will persist through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“This morning, Boston bottomed out at 26,” said Charlie Foley, weather service meteorologist. “The record low for this morning is 14 degrees in 1883, so we didn’t get close to that.”

Today will be sunny, and the daytime high won’t crest above 40 degrees. A west wind will gust up to 25 miles per hour, but the wind should diminish by the evening, according to the weather service. Clouds will develop overnight, and temperatures will fall into the upper 20s.

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Dry conditions will continue Thursday, and daytime temperatures will peak near 51. Skies will remain sunny through the day, and a strong west wind could gust up to 30 miles per hour. Temperatures will fall into the 30s overnight, and skies will remain clear, according to the weather service.

Thursday’s conditions will basically be repeated Friday and most of the weekend. Friday and Saturday will be mostly sunny, with daytime highs reaching into the upper 50s. Friday could see slightly warmer temperatures, near 60.

Sunday will be partly sunny, with a daytime high near 55. Clouds will develop through the day, and showers could pop up late, but beyond that, the weekend should stay dry.

“There is a slight chance of some showers Sunday, but a more significant system for precipitation could come late Monday into Tuesday,” Foley said. “We need the rain, and we are looking for that event to help with the precipitation deficit. We could get two inches.”