Temperatures in Pittsburgh region have their ups and downs

Kennywood doesn't open until next month, but if you're looking for a thrill, hop aboard the roller coaster that Mother Nature is providing this week.

Actually, you don't have much of a choice.

After flirting with a record high temperature Sunday, Pittsburgh will descend to near-record cold early Wednesday before more normal weather returns later in the week.


And there's a good chance later today that you'll be brushing snow off of that vehicle in which the air conditioning was running only two days ago.

"This week reminds you why a lot of people hate spring in Pittsburgh," said Lee Hendricks, National Weather Service meteorologist.

Sunday's high reached 82 degrees, two degrees shy of the all-time record for the date. There was a chance that Monday's low temperature would break the all-time record for warmest low for the date, 64 degrees in 1896, but the mercury fell below that in early evening.

Rain that moved into the area Monday afternoon was expected to persist overnight and through this morning, changing to (gasp!) snow showers around lunchtime, Mr. Hendricks said. After a morning high in the 40s, the temperature will drop to the low 30s by today's afternoon rush.

"At worst, I think you're going to see a dusting on the grass," he said.

The snow showers will move out by midnight, but the mercury will continue to plummet into the low 20s, threatening the all-time record low for Wednesday of 21 degrees, set in 1875.

After that, "things thankfully rebound pretty quickly for us," Mr. Hendricks said, with the high temperature reaching the 60s on Thursday. That is near normal.

Temperature extremes are not unusual for Pittsburgh in April, a month in which historical temperatures have ranged from a low of 11 degrees (in 1923) to a high of 90 (in 1896 and 1925).

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.

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