After some morning murk, temperatures were off to the races this afternoon, falling just short of 80 in a few spots:

Throw Boston on the top of that list. We hit 78 at 12:59 this afternoon. All this heat culminates tomorrow, making it our warmest day of this spell. Highs will climb to near 80 under a partly sunny sky – definitely not as bright as today, but still every bit as warm.

Summer feel? Certainly so. In fact, the humidity is also on the rise in the coming days as south winds hurl sticky air our way. Dewpoints should jump to the mid and upper 60s by Thursday afternoon ahead of a line of downpours.

And therein lies the problem for the Pats game. As this line approaches, it may draw moisture from Hurricane Gonzalo far offshore. Question becomes, will it merge with our front over Mass. or farther east toward Midcoast Maine? This minor difference means the difference between an inch of rain or 2-3 inches. Going from downpours to tropical downpours. At this point, it looks like we might just miss out on the most intense rain, but we’re watching it closely. Either way, waterproof those buns for tailgating Thursday night.


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