Currently in Boston — June 7th, 2022

Mainly dry and pleasant weather into the weekend.

After a breezy and warm day temperatures overnight will fall down within a few degrees of 60 along with comfortable levels of humidity. A blend of clouds and sunshine will be with us for Thursday along with readings in the lower 80s. Humidity will also be low. I can't rule out a quick little sprinkle in the afternoon north and west of the city. There will be a bit more humidity on Friday along with temperatures in the upper 70s and more cloud cover. There could be a couple of showers before things clear leaving us with a sunny and pleasantly warm weekend.

—Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

Scientists are working on developing plants that can better withstand heat waves, according to a new study in Nature. Even brief heat waves can have long standing effects on plant immunity, inhibiting their ability to produce salicylic acid—which prevents bacteria from spreading when they’re attacked by pathogens.

Scientists were able to manipulate the CBP60g, which acts as a master switch for plants, to allow them to keep their immunity levels up even as temperatures rose.
“We were able to make the whole plant immune system more robust at warm temperatures,” author Sheng-Yang He told SciTechDaily. “If this is true for crop plants as well, that’s a really big deal because then we have a very powerful weapon.”