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Chilly Temperatures Moving Into New England Today

9:45 AM EDT, May 13, 2014

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Residents of New England and the coastal Northeast may wonder what happened to summer when they step outside today. Gone will be the June-like temperatures of Monday, instead replaced by chilly 50s and 60s.

A transformation of seasons has occurred overnight across New England, all thanks to a "back-door" cold front. The weather system is so named because rather than travelling from west-to-east, it starts on the East Coast and works its way westward, through the "back door." The result of this backward motion of the cold front means that it draws chilly Atlantic air westward from the coast along its path, often sweeping out warmer air ahead of the front.

Today is no exception as the cold front has been steadily marching westward from eastern New England since Monday evening. As the front passes, temperatures have been quickly dropping by 10 to 15 degrees, replacing muggy 60s with 50s and even upper 40s.

The cool temperatures will continue throughout the day, holding the mercury in the 50s and 60s from Boston to Providence, R.I., and Hartford, Conn. The front will continue to pass westward throughout the day. It has crossed the New York City metro area early this morning, and will reach the eastern suburbs of Philadelphia by this afternoon.

These chilly readings today will be a far cry from Monday, when Boston climbed to 84 degrees, and Hartford jumped to a searing 90 degrees. Central Park, N.Y., was 85 degrees, while Atlantic City, N.J. reached 82 degrees.

The early-spring encore will be short-lived as the cold front slowly returns eastward as a warm front later on Wednesday. Temperatures across the Northeast will run about 10 degrees warmer on Wednesday, and be back in the 70s by Thursday.

Did you know that WeatherBug has the largest collection of weather stations across the U.S.? This means that you can find the most localized weather in your area, giving you a better opportunity to see the weather close to home. You can use the WeatherBug network to track the progress of the back-door cold front today by tracking it on the Current Temperatures link.

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