Following one of the coldest days so far this winter, warmth will briefly rebound in the northeastern United States early this week.
Daytime temperatures will average 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit higher during Monday and Tuesday when compared to the start of the weekend.
The difference could reach upwards of 50 degrees when comparing the lowest temperature over the weekend and the highest temperature forecast early this week.
The warmup will ensue as winds turn southwesterly ahead of an approaching cold front, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Max Vido.
The door will be opened for temperatures to return to the 50s in Boston and Syracuse, New York; 60s in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.; and 70s in Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh, North Carolina.
The warmup will not be quite as extreme as the temperature swings in recent weeks, when 70s were felt as far north as New York City.
Although winter coats, hats and gloves that were taken out of the closet this weekend will not be needed early this week, residents will still want to keep them handy.
During Tuesday afternoon and night, gusty rain showers will march along the front and whisk away the warmth from west to east.
“Blustery and chilly conditions will return to the Northeast behind the front,” Vido said.
Highs in the 30s and 40s will return to New England and the interior Northeast by Thursday and Friday. The chill will fail to penetrate the mid-Atlantic where it will stay unseasonably mild.
The cold push will not be a repeat of the harsh weekend chill.
Saturday ranked as one of the top-five coldest days of the winter in a handful of cities, including New York City, Buffalo and Syracuse, New York; Boston; Burlington, Vermont; and Caribou, Bangor and Portland, Maine.
In Syracuse and Burlington, Saturday marked the coldest day so far this winter with highs of 16 and 10 respectively. The previous lowest temperature up to this point was 18 in Syracuse on Jan. 8 and 13 in Burlington on Feb. 10.