The calendar may say April, but bundled-up residents of the Northeast fighting the cold may wonder if Mother Nature is confused. As the weekend approaches, a turn toward mild temperatures is in store.
The warmth will spread along the East Coast throughout the weekend, but the most noticeable change will be felt in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic where the first several days of April were 5 to as much as 10 degrees below normal.
The stretch of milder weather is poised to begin Saturday as a surge of warm air pushes into the Ohio Valley. While it will be sunny along the I-95 corridor from Boston to Washington, D.C, temperatures will hold in the 50s to begin the weekend.
As the area of high pressure responsible for the pleasant weather slides eastward Sunday, winds will blow from the south and pump even milder air into the region. Although Sunday will feature more clouds, thermometers will climb into the 60s across the region, some 5 to 10 degrees warmer than normal.
The large metropolitan areas of the Northeast are expected to maintain the spring weather into Monday and temperatures can flirt with the 70-degree mark south of the Mason-Dixon Line to start next week!
This mild air is in place ahead of a cold front slowing sagging southward across the Great Lakes. The position of this front will determine how long the warmth will stick around next week. AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski has more on this tricky forecast.
The good news is that there will be at least three days of mild temperatures for many residents in the northeast quadrant of the nation. It will be an ideal weekend for starting some spring cleaning or tossing a baseball.
Although the warmth will be nowhere near the record heat of March 2012, the break from the winter chill will no doubt be welcomed by many. March 2013 was unusually snowy for many places, especially parts of Virginia as well as New England.
Looking ahead at the remainder of April, AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not expect any prolonged stretches of record warmth as seen during the spring of 2012. Cold air will lurk just to the north and short blasts of cool weather can occur through the month. However, there will also be mild stretches. As is common during spring, up-and-down temperatures look to be the trend in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.