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Eric MacKerchar and his son Devilan, 4, bait a hook while fishing together at Sandy Pond in Nashua Monday, April 16, 2012.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hot ‘nuff for record temps? Yep

NASHUA – Monday’s heat blast pushed the thermometer to 90 in Nashua, high enough to make the books as the warmest April 16 on record.

Hudson meteorologist Doug Webster said the reading, recorded at mid-afternoon at Pennichuck Pumping Station, eclipsed the previous record of 89, set in 1976.

Nashua was among many Northeast locations to set records Monday.

Concord was another, where the high of 89 topped by one degree the 2002 record.

Unlike the nearly weeklong string of records set in March, Monday’s is a one-day event, Webster said.

Tuesday’s record high is 93, but actual highs of about 80 are predicted.

That high of 93 is also the highest April temperature on record. It was reached twice, in 2002 and back in 1941, he said.

The hottest Boston Marathon ever was the 1976 version, which came during a “very unusual April heat wave,” Webster said.

Looking ahead, temperatures are expected to hover near or just above normal Wednesday through Friday, with the possibility of cooler conditions – and much-needed steady rainfall – for the weekend.