Along about July, when Pittsburghers are mopping their brows, burning their legs on blazing hot car seats and complaining about the humidity if not the heat, they'll want to remember Thursday morning.
It was colder here than it was in Juneau, Alaska.
Colder than Fargo, N.D.
Colder than International Falls, Minn., and Augusta, Maine.
Colder than Moscow, for cryin' out loud.
And the low temperature of 19 degrees at Pittsburgh International Airport at 6 a.m. broke the all-time record low for the date, 20 degrees, observed in 1954.
Better days lie ahead. The National Weather Service is forecasting highs closer to the norm for today and Saturday, and a high in the 60s on Sunday, the first time that will have happened in nearly a month.
The last time the temperature passed the 60-degree threshold was March 11, and since then, the high has exceeded 50 on only three days, including Thursday. On seven days during that span, the high didn't reach 40. The average high for this time of year is 58.
So, we're done with the cold, right?
"I wish I could tell you yes," said National Weather Service meteorologist Lee Hendricks. "The extended [forecast] is looking like things are going to start going down again at the end of next week."
That's a long ways off, and that forecast "is kind of written in Jell-O at this point," he acknowledged, before offering this advice:
"Don't put your woollies away just yet."
Jon Schmitz: email@example.com or 412-263-1868.