West Michigan has a shot at 50° next week

An image of Michigan as seen from space, captured by a NOAA satellite on March 5, 2015.

GRAND RAPIDS (WOOD) — It’s been a while, but warm air is finally on the way for West Michigan.

High temperatures this Saturday and Sunday look to climb into the mid-30s. By Wednesday and Thursday, we will have a run at 50°.

8 day (1)February went down on record as the coldest February on record as Arctic air continually spilled into west Michigan through the month.

The first portion of March has been below average as well: Thursday stayed a good 20° below average. The high of 19° on Thursday was just three degrees away from going down on record as one of the coldest highs ever felt on this date.

But you can say goodbye to high temperatures in the teens till next winter.

Highs this time of year are typically around 40°, so the bounce back into above-freezing temperatures isn’t all that impressive. In fact it’s actually still below average. But the cold we have experienced lately has been extreme — we haven’t seen a 40° high since mid-January. We haven’t felt a 50° day since late December.

Next week, we have a good chance of seeing a 50° day. Just look at this graph showing where highs and lows usually are for the month of March.

TEMPS (1)

A high of 50° is not a sure thing at this point, but climatologically, it’s that far out of reach for the middle of March.

Along with the warm weather, later sunsets will make it feel more like Spring. Daylight saving time begins on March 8th at 2:00 a.m., pushing sunsets back an hour. Currently the sun sets around 6:40 p.m.; after the change, the sun will begin setting around 7:40 p.m.

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