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Feeling more like spring: Temperatures on the rise across New Hampshire

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 23. 2018 12:47AM
Scott Kimball of Auburn takes his new kayak out from Claire's Landing in Auburn on a sunny Sunday afternoon on Lake Massabesic. More spring-like temperatures are expected this week. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — After several weeks of bundling up and waiting, spring finally appears to be arriving in New Hampshire.

Temperatures reached the 60s for the second straight day Sunday, when there was not a winter-weather advisory in sight as Granite Staters enjoyed a bit of a break from the cold and blustery first few weeks of April.

“It feels warm because it’s been so cold but we’re actually just reaching into the normal range,” said Margaret Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray, Maine.

Curtis said Sunday that temperatures have been below normal for all but a handful of days so far in April. Temperatures in southern New Hampshire were expected to hit the low 60s again today and could reach 65 on Tuesday, Curtis said. Rain and clouds on Wednesday will bring temperatures back in the mid-50s, then climb back to the 60-degree range by the end of the week. That’s about average for this time of year, Curtis said.

“I’m surprised when I look at the data. It feels like it should be way above average but actually we’ve just been behind,” Curtis said. “It does look like we’ll certainly see at least average temperatures, if not above average, through the next week.”

That was welcome news, considering the week before much of the state was under a winter weather advisory and temperatures were stuck right around freezing.

Curtis said northern New Hampshire and areas with high elevation will also be warming up with normal temperatures, which will slowly melt the remaining snowpack.

While snow in late April and even early May is known in New Hampshire, it’s becoming less likely each day. Curtis confirmed there was no winter weather in the immediate forecast.

“I’m happy to share that,” she said.

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