Spring weather will accompany the start of April in Chicago this week, providing relief from the coldest December to March period in Chicago history.
Ranked officially as the 19th coldest March on record in the city with an average temperature of 31.7 F, Chicago broke it's previous record set back in 1872 for its coldest December to March period ever recorded.
For 2013-2014, the city's average temperature for December to March now tops the charts with an average of 22 F for the time period, according to the city's NWS office.
Despite the harsh cold of March, April began with much milder, more springlike, weather.
For the first week of April, midweek was marked by rain showers and temperatures in the low 40s.
Heavier rain and thunderstorms drenched the region Thursday with showers following up on Friday.
However, temperatures will rise back into the upper 40s by Friday and continue to increase through Sunday.
In time for the weekend, partially sunny skies will return to the city with temperatures reaching the upper 50s by Sunday.
Rain will return again on Monday.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain and thunderstorms will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into the weekend.
Typhoon Haima made a second landfall in southeastern China on Friday after leaving at least 13 dead in the northern Philippines.
Damaging storms pounded the Pacific Northwest, while two powerful typhoons struck the Philippines within a four-day span.
A dramatic change to colder weather, and in some cases a taste of winter with snow, will take place into this weekend.
Orionid meteors will streak across the night sky as the shower is set to peak late this week.
Tallahassee, FL (1989)
30 degrees, tied October record low.
State College, PA (1995)
3.65" of rain.
Raleigh-Durham, NC (2000)
No precipitation since September 26th, a record long dry spell. (The month ended with only a trace of rain.)