Warmer weather is welcome, but April’s chill will probably set more records

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - 60s – and even 50s – have been hard to come by recently. The last widespread 60s happened six weeks ago, and much of March went without a 60-degree high in most of eastern Iowa. Thursday should be the warmest day so far this year. 70 will be hard to do in most spots, since getting that warm in April is rare when the wind is from the northeast. Even so, places near and south of Interstate 80 just might be able to do it.

Obviously, this month has been exceptionally cool. On average, Cedar Rapids has four or five days with highs in the 40s and one in the 30s. Through April 11, there have been four days in the 40s and six days in the 30s. The greatest number of days that Cedar Rapids had a high colder than 40 in April is seven, set in 1982 and 1936. That record should get tied on Sunday. Dubuque has had eight such days, which breaks the record of seven in 2007, 1997, 1975, and 1936. Iowa City has had five, and the record is seven, set in 1936. Waterloo has had seven, tying the record set in 1997, 1982, and 1950. That record will almost certainly be broken on Sunday.