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Warmer temps to linger

Jan. 31, 2012 @ 11:05 PM

HUNTINGTON -- While the novelty for the moderate January temperatures is still in the air, mother nature's warm wishes for the Tri-State don't appear to be going anywhere soon.

With high temperatures around the 60 degree mark Tuesday, several residents piled into local parks and playgrounds to take full advantage of the golden afternoon.

However, that opportunity is sure to return, if it goes away at all, said Tim Axford, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Axford said the next seven days are expected to be similar in temperature, even if there is an occasional rain shower mixed in there.

"We are in kind of a pattern where there's not much that's going to change in the next week or so," Axford said.

Several high pressure fronts have allowed the warm air from the southern Midwest to be carried into the area, which is what has been sustaining the lukewarm temperatures.

Looking further into the winter, Axford said it would be tough for him to say if the groundhog will see its shadow Thursday.

"One of our models is saying there's a chance it could cool down, but the other says the opposite," Axford said.

The forecast from the National Weather Service shows after some showers Wednesday that the rest of the week will stay mostly clear with a very gradual decline in temperature.

The high temperatures for the rest of the week will remain in the mid- to lower 50s.

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