First day of spring reaches a high of 61, not a record

The warmth of the first day of spring on Monday, April 20, brought an angler to the shoreline of the Cedar River in Charles City. — Photo by Chris Baldus

As nice as the weather was today in the Charles City area, the high temperature of 61 did not break the record set in 1918 of 73 degrees.

It was also the first day of spring.

The second day of spring will be cooler and more cloudy.

The National Weather Service forecast for the next few days is:

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 42. North wind 9 to 14 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. North wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Southeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 8 to 13 mph.
Thursday: Showers likely after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 42. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.