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The signs of spring are around with temperatures on the rise and buttercups in bloom. These flowers are growing in front of the Doc Jordan Apartment building on Wilson Street Northeast.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
The signs of spring are around with temperatures on the rise and buttercups in bloom. These flowers are growing in front of the Doc Jordan Apartment building on Wilson Street Northeast.

Warmer weather gives area a winter reprieve

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com 340-2395

After nearly a week of bracing arctic-like weather, the Decatur area will get a warmer-than-normal reprieve for at least a week.

The high Wednesday should reach 65 or 66, the National Weather Service office in Huntsville said, beginning a string of days with temperatures about 10 degrees above normal.

"Looking out through next week, there's not going to be much change," meteorologist Dave Nadler said.

"We're kind of looking at a roller-coaster pattern with one storm after the other every two or three days. So it will be warm and relatively moist out ahead of it, and behind it will be slightly cooler and dryer. But nothing like an incredible arctic mass moving into the area," he said.

High temperatures will fluctuate between the upper 60s and upper 50s the next week, Nadler said.

The previous seven days brought three days where the highs stayed in the low 30s and two days in the low 40s. The low temperatures during that period ranged from 17 to 26 degrees.

Thursday's high could reach 68. That's eight degrees below the record set in 1922.

The normal highs and lows for late February are 56 and 35, respectively.

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