Metro-East News

The warmup is near: 40s Wednesday, 70s by Friday

Cloudy skies and a high of 42 are expected Wednesday across the metro-east.

But things will get a lot warmer for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

After cooling off to a low of 33 overnight Wednesday under mostly cloudy skies, things will heat up considerably on Thursday.

The high will be 59 under mostly sunny skies. That's 14 degrees warmer than the average high temperature of 45 for mid February in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Winds will gust at up to 22 mph.

Thursday night, the temperature will fall to only 50. That's 23 degrees warmer than the average low of 27. Skies will be partly cloudy and winds will continue into the night, gusting at 18-22 mph.

It will be even warmer Friday when the high is expected to reach 71, only one degree cooler than the record for Feb. 19 in the St. Louis area, 72 set in 1991.

Friday night, the low will be 43 under mostly clear skies.

The weekend forecast calls for sunny skies Saturday with a high of 68, two degrees cooler than the record high for the date, 70, set in 1971.

On Sunday, it will be mostly sunny with a 20 percent chance of showers and a high of 61.

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