Near Record-Warmth Thursday And Potentially Damaging Winds Friday

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BOSTON (WBZNewsRadio) - The month of February has been keeping us on our toes. One minute we're experiencing record breaking temperatures in the 60's, the next we're watching storm-warnings and winter advisories while stocking up on milk and bread.

This next storm is set to bring heavy rain, rumbles of thunder and powerful winds Thursday night into Friday morning. The tail end of this storm likely to impact Friday morning's commute, with downpours and the strongest winds extending through 9 a.m.

Power outages are a bit of a concern and there will undoubtedly be some downed limbs and wires.

By Thursday afternoon, we'll see a few rouge sprinkles, but temperatures will once again reach for the 60 degree mark in many areas. The record in Boston is 61 degrees set back in 1981. Winds will start blowing out of the south, gusting to 40 mph by the afternoon.

The peak of rain and wind will be felt overnight, with periods of downpours, moving through between 1 a.m. and 9 a.m. Friday. Between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. the coastline is set to receive wind gusts between 50-to-65 mph, and between 5-50 mph inland. Again, with winds like this you can expect to see some power outages as well as downed tree limbs.

By Friday morning, rain tapers from the northwest to the southeast, the last to clear will be Cape Cod. The wind will shift to the northwest by mid to late morning with gusts dropping to somewhere between 30-40 mph by noon. Friday temperatures are also looking good, with a mild start to the day with highs near 60 degrees before noon. The record for Friday is 66 degrees.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports

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