Currently in Boston— March 16th 2022

The weather, currently.

Mild weather continues with some rain.

There may be a shower or two overnight tonight otherwise temperatures will fall back down into the upper 30s and low 40s under mostly cloudy skies. Clouds will start the day on Wednesday followed by increasingly sunny skies with temperatures up near 60°F. Another weather system brings back some clouds on Thursday it continues to be significantly above average and there may be a couple of showers. Widespread 70°F weather is likely on Friday along with sunshine and this is a good day to take off from work if you can. Rain arrives for Saturday but will clear by Sunday with more sunshine and cooler temperatures. —Dave Epstein

What you need to know, currently.

People across Spain stepped outside to an orange sky and cars covered in dust early this week. The dust traveled all the way from the Sahara desert, brought over by strong jet stream winds.

The dust, combined with rains from storm Celia led to what people in Spain are describing as “raining mud”. The air quality across Spain reached “dangerous” levels today, March 15.

“It is causing views more typical of the planet Mars,” said Currently’s Madrid meteorologist, Emilio Rey. “The air quality was the worst on the entire planet this Wednesday, and the risk for the elderly, children, and people with respiratory problems is extreme.”

Climate change is making dust storms in the Sahara more intense, largely because of extended periods of drought.