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Warm weather will soon be replaced by cold front

By Sheryl Marsh
smarsh@decaturdaily.com· 340-2437

Don’t get too comfortable with the warmer temperature, as a change is coming Monday night that will bring out the coats and hats.

Steady rainfall Monday, ending late in the evening, will leave chilly temperatures, according to Mike Richter, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Huntsville.

“We’ve had quite a bit of warm weather that’s coming to an end (Monday night),” said Richter. “A cold front is moving in, and Tuesday will be one of the coldest days we’ve had this season.”

With 10 to 15 mph winds, the high is expected to be about 40 and the low in the mid-20s. For most of the rest of the week, highs are not expected to rise above the mid-40s, Richter said.

Normal highs for this time of year are around 50.

Sunday’s high of 71 tied a record, but the unseasonably warm temperatures are not in an extended forecast.

“Once the cold front moves in, we’ll stay below normal, and I don’t see that changing in the foreseeable future,” Richter said.

Wednesday will be a bit warmer, but temperatures shouldn’t exceed the mid-40s.

Remnants of ice storms in Arkansas and parts of Missouri started to drift southeast Sunday, and that’s behind the colder temperatures for this area, Richter said.

Another cold front is expected to move in by the weekend.

Monday’s rainfall should register around three-fourths of an inch.

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