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Happy Mother’s Day! Temperature Rollercoaster This Week

12 May 2013, 10:57 am

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Bright sunshine is in place for many of you across the nation this afternoon, and hopefully you’re out and about having fun. My own mother was walking in the Race for the Cure this morning at the Mall of America — wish I could have been there as well!

Your afternoon forecast is calm and quiet, but cool across the Northeast, the Midwest, and the Great Lakes. Heat is building in the Southwest, and will work its way eastward in the next few days.

It was a chilly start to the day for many people in the Midwest, with some low temperature records being broken. Check out these frosty numbers!

In fact, it was so cold overnight in the Great Lakes, snow was falling across Upper Michigan and into western New York. (Photo from yesterday courtesy FB page “The Homestead”)

Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that winter was over… check out these impressive new snow records for Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie — remember, the calendar says May!

Expect frosty conditions again tonight, so if you did any planting this afternoon, you’ll probably want to cover your plants. Remember to use a blanket or some mulch, as plastic doesn’t insulate well.

MEANWHILE, back into the Southwest, record heat was the top story. Many locations set new high temperature records yesterday, and expect the heat to continue to build today and tomorrow.

This heat will encompass the Midwest and Central Plains by Monday, and moving further east Tuesday. We’ll have temps of 80 degrees or better all the way to the Canadian border. Incredible!

This strong surge of heat will level off later in the week, leaving the temperatures across the nation at mild, seasonable levels. Finally, we can talk about some “normal” conditions for a change. Here’s the forecast highs for select cities during the upcoming week:

Bust out the tank tops and flip flops! Summer is closer than you think. Have a great Mother’s Day and pleasant week ahead. -Meteorologist Miranda Hilgers

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