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Welcome back to Monday.

Today's weather: Cloudy with a high near 67.

Situational awareness: The Steward Health Care hospital chain filed for bankruptcy protection early this morning.

  • The chain's facilities, like the Carney Hospital in Dorchester and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, will remain open during the bankruptcy process.

Today's newsletter is 425 words — a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: The fast-warming Bay State

Map of average annual temperature change between 1970 and 2023 by U.S. state. Nationally, temperature increased by 2.6°F over this time period. Average temperature increased the most in Alaska, by 4.3°F, and the least in the Dakotas, by 1.8°F.
Data: Climate Central; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Massachusetts is one of the fastest-warming states in the country.

Why it matters: The Bay State's average temperature has risen 3.5°F in about a half-century, per a new Climate Central analysis based on annual average temperature increases from 1970 to 2023.

Alaska (+4.3°F) and Delaware (+3.6°F) are the only states warming faster than Massachusetts, Alex Fitzpatrick and Alice Feng report.

Bar chart comparing average annual temperature change between 1970 and 2023 for Boston, Massachusetts and the U.S. Average temperature has changed by 1.9°F in Boston compared to 3.5°F for Massachusetts and 2.6°F for the U.S.
Data: Climate Central; Chart: Axios

The big picture: All 50 states and nearly all 241 U.S. cities the group analyzed have warmed since 1970.

Zoom in: Reno, Nevada (+7.6°F); Las Vegas, Nevada (+5.7°F); and El Paso, Texas (+5.4°F) were the fastest-warming cities over that period.

What we're watching: NOAA expects the temperature in Massachusetts to rise from the 2020 average of about 50 degrees to almost 54 degrees in the 2050s if global emissions grow at their current rate.

  • In the same timeframe, stronger storms and higher tides would put nearly 30,000 residential properties in Massachusetts at risk of flooding.

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2. 🏒Bruins stay alive, Celts face Cavs

Cleveland's Darius Garland took on the Celtics' Derrick White when the teams met in March. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images.

The Celtics are set to start the second round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow at home.

  • The Cavs beat the Orlando Magic to get into the second round.

Also over the weekend, the Bruins pulled off a game 7 overtime win against the Maple Leafs Saturday night to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive for another playoff series.

  • David Pastrnak scored the winning goal.
  • The win means the Bs won't repeat last year's flop of elimination in the first round.

The Bruins will face the Florida Panthers in Game 1 of the second round tonight at 8pm.

3. 🔙 BTMU: Graduation seasons starts up

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

One person was arrested at Northeastern University's commencement ceremony at Fenway Park yesterday. (NBC10)

A Dunkin' truck serving the two locations on Revere's Squire Road (one on each side, natch) snapped a utility pole Saturday. (WCVB)

Boston Dynamics' robot dogs, you know the ones, will paint at the Museum of Fine Arts on Friday. (Globe)

4. 🐣 Where's Townie?

Photo: Mike Deehan/Axios

Our mascot Townie flapped off to a sunny spot in Boston.

Reply to this email if you recognize where she is.

  • We'll send you a Townie tote bag if you're the first to answer correctly!

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5. 📅 Social Calendar

Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios


Take Lucille Bluth's advice and go see a Star War at the Alamo Drafthouse. They're showing Episode I: The Phantom Menace for its 25th anniversary.

  • Screenings run through Wednesday night.


Author David Krell discusses his new book "The Fenway Effect: A Cultural History of the Boston Red Sox" at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.

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Deehan misses the bacon and cheddar twists from Lincoln.

Steph really hopes some Boston artists jump on that "BBL Drizzy" diss beat.

This newsletter was edited by Jeff Weiner and copy edited by James Farrell.