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Another Fickle Week for Weather

The week starts out cool but highs could hit 70 on Thursday

 

Our region wrapped up its fourth warmest Winter since 1872 on Wednesday with a chilly rain that even had some sleet mixed in a few spots. Thankfully, the robins are chirping and grass is slowly turning greener, and it should mean spring is right around the corner, right?

As nature has shown many times, that transition from chill to warmth is rather painful and drastic. This week will feature another yo-yo in temperatures; the potential exists for the warmest day of 2012 so far on Thursday if everything goes right.

Our warmest day so far was Feb. 1. Highs reached 63 in Pottstown, 64 in Blue Bell and 67 in Philadelphia. With a warm southwest breeze ahead of a cold front that approaches Thursday night into Friday, temperatures should make a run into the mid 60s in the suburbs and perhaps warmer if we have a full dose of sunshine. Temps in the 70s in early March are not unusual — this happened three years ago on March 7 — just a week after a snowstorm had dropped several inches of snow.

Spring is the cruelest season; its weather is not only fickle but wild.

This week proves to be no exception.

Our weather week starts out cold, with lows around 20 degrees on Tuesday morning and highs in the lower and middle 40s on Monday and Tuesday.  However, we will warm markedly as the cold high moves off the coast and those warm breezes commence for Wednesday (near 60 for a high) and Thursday (the push to 65 or warmer).  However, a cold front reaches the region early Friday and may stall nearby.  If that happens, the stalled front will bring showers and drizzle to the region for both Friday and Saturday — we might have a seasonably cool weekend.  

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Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher of Phillyweather.net. You can follow the site on twitter  @phillywx.

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