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Spring Warmth Expands Onto Eastern Seaboard

UPDATED 3:45 PM EDT, April 13, 2014

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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After a long winter filled with brutal cold, mild spring temperatures have arrived on the East Coast. Temperatures have soared into the 70s and 80s from the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England.

A warm front is draped from the Lower Great Lakes into southern New England, and combined with high pressure off the Eastern Seaboard, will pump southern winds and mild air into the East.

Temperatures have already climbed as high as the lower 80s in the Washington, D.C., area, with Philadelphia near the 80-degree mark. Middle 70s have been common near New York and Hartford, Conn. Cooler temperatures are being found along the coast, as a sea-breeze produces temperatures somewhat cooler, only in the 50s and lower 60s.

Although temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees above average, highs will fall short of record territory today, which are 90 and 89 degrees, respectively, for the Nation`s Capital and Baltimore set in 1977. Compared to a March that averaged 5 to 10 degrees below average, this will likely be welcomed in the East.

Sunday night will be a windows-open type of night across the East. Temperatures will only fall into the 50s and lower 60s. This will serve as a catalyst for another unseasonably warm day on Monday ahead of the cold front.

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. The warm streak of weather will crash back below average by mid-week as a potent cold front gives the Eastern U.S. a glimpse back into the March pattern.

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