By Logan Harle
Don’t put the winter clothes away just yet. The National Weather Service forecasts a chilly start to April, with lows in the 30s forecasts for both Wednesday and Saturday.
After a string of warm days that almost made March the warmest on record for Wilmington, the NWS said a freeze watch will be expected for early Wednesday and again this weekend.
After a cold Wednesday morning, temperatures are forecasted to warm back up on Thursday, bringing thunderstorms and showers on Thursday night. The strong cold front will prevail by Friday and Saturday with temperatures in the low 30’s, forecasters said.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist Steve Pfaff said that the positioning of the jet stream will allow for an arctic front to push through.
“With an arctic front coming in, it kind of opens the door for that colder air so by Tuesday night or Wednesday morning we can have lows, even along the coast, in the mid to the upper 30’s,” Pfaff said.
Historically, this weather is not common for Wilmington in early April.
“Normal highs this time of year are around the lower 70’s for Wilmington and we are looking for Tuesday a high of 57 with breezy north winds,” Pfaff said. “It is certainly not going to feel like spring-time.”