Record temps across the Bay State
Today's temperature soared to 69 degrees at Boston's Logan airport, seven degrees higher than the previous record for January 6, set in 1913, said Kimberly Buttrick of the National Weather Service in Taunton.
There's also a new record high in Worcester, which has reached 65 degrees today, breaking the record of 57 degrees set in 1953.
Last year tied 1998 for the fourth-warmest year on record in Massachusetts, with an average temperature of about 53.1 degrees.
The National Weather Service has been keeping track of weather in Boston since 1872.
The historic average high of Jan. 6 was 37 degrees in Boston, and the low was 23 degrees. Sunday was expected to be in the 50s.
Weather Service meteorologist Neal Strauss said long-term data points to global warming as the cause, because many of the warmest years on record have been after 1990.
Strauss said 2006 tied 1998 for the fourth-warmest year on record in Boston -- with the average temperature of 53.1 degrees. Records have been kept in Boston since 1872, and in Worcester since 1892.
The weather is bad news for some local businesses. Just two of more than 20 trails were open at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton. The ski area planned to close early Saturday -- at 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. -- because of the weather.
"This is the worst (winter) I've seen in a dozen years," said Dan Matisoo, supervisor in the ski shop. "We've been cutting back staff every day."
Matisoo said business is "a 10th at best" of what it typically is for this time of year. He was one of two workers in the ski shop Saturday, when normally there would be a dozen employees.
He plans to "pray for cold." They can make snow when the temperature is 31 degrees or lower.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.