Metro-East News

High near 60 Thursday -- how long will it last?

Record high temperatures are expected Thursday across the metro-east.

The mercury is expected to reach 59 under sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service. The high would be 22 degrees warmer than the average high of 37 for mid-January in the St. Louis area and two degrees warmer than the record high temperature of 57 set in 1996.

Winds will blow from the south at up to 23 mph.

The nice weather won’t last long.

Showers are likely Thursday night with a low of 44. The chance of rain is 60 percent with winds of up to 24 mph.

It will be much cooler Friday, with a high of 47 falling throughout the day. There is a 40 percent chance of showers with the most likely time for rain coming before noon.

Friday night will be cloudy with a low of 25 and winds gusting from the northwest at up to 25 mph.

The weekend forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 32 Saturday. Saturday night the low will plunge to 15 with a 30 percent chance of snow.

Temperatures will be bitterly cold Sunday with a high of 20 and a low of 6.

Click here for the detailed local forecast.