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Monday likely to be the coldest day in Berks this late in a spring in nearly 100 years

Winter has set in for a brief stay in Berks County and the region, bringing a harsh northwest wind and snow squalls.

Forecasters have lowered their expectations for the high temperature in Berks on Monday to 32 degrees, giving it the potential to be among the coldest days in nearly a century this late in spring.

The original forecast was for a 35-degree high that would threaten the date record for the coldest high for a March 28.

But now, if the latest forecast holds, it would be the fourth coldest day this far into spring.

The record for March 28 is 35 from 1937 and 1996.

The current brief cold snap is overlapping cold periods that oddly occurred three years in a row — 1922, 1923 and 1924 — about the same time.

The other record highs are March 29, 32 degrees in 1923; and April 1, 32 degrees in 1923 and 1924.

The record coldest highs in between are March 30, 35 degrees in 1922; and March 31, 35 degrees in 1923.

Expect a cold overnight with a low in the low 20s by daybreak Tuesday followed by a high temperature in the mid-40s, according to AccuWeather.

Clouds are likely to roll in overnight with showers around after daybreak Wednesday with a high a few degrees warmer, AccuWeather says.

Then much warmer conditions are forecast for Thursday with showers.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., is forecasting snow and sleet on Wednesday morning changing to rain and sleet during the midday, with little accumulation.

The official measurements in the 1920s and ’30s were taken in center city Reading by U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologists.

Source: Berkshire mont

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