70s at last!
Finally, spring! Wednesday brought plenty of sunshine and a high temperature of 74 degrees, five degrees shy of a record for April 9.
It’s been a long, cold wait for temperatures to hit that sweet 70s spot – 180 days, in fact.
The last time it happened was back on October 10, 2013 when temperatures spiked to 78 degrees. The rest of October was also kind for those who like warm weather. It hit 66 degrees the next day and cracked the 50s five more times that month.
November was more on the chillier side compared to past years. Temperatures plunged into the single-digits on seven days and the month was colder than normal on 16 days, according to reports from AccuWeather.com.
And then winter really set in.
Temperatures fell below zero 17 times in December, including a 25-below jolt on December 23.
January was worse. It dropped below zero on 23 days and was at least 10 degrees colder than normal on 14 days.
February was also brutally cold. Except for a brief four-day warm-up on February 17-20, temperatures dipped below zero every day of the month and were colder than normal.
March teased us with hints of spring when the temperature hit 53 degrees on March 13 but it only rose above 40 degrees three times after that.
What will the rest of April bring?
Well, you probably won’t want to break out the sunscreen just yet. High tempertures are expected to drop back into the 40s on Sunday and Monday, hit the 50s by midweek but dip into the 40s again on April 18-20.
If you believe the long-range forecast, it won’t hit 70 degrees again until May 21.