Yes, it’s winter — don’t remind Mother Nature

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News
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It may be the last day of January, and six weeks into winter, but outdoor temperatures are behaving more like a spring lamb on Sunday with highs predicted in the mid 50s.

Even with a few scattered showers around the region this morning and some expected later this evening, Sunday temperatures are expected to range from the low to mid 50s at a time of year when temps average in the 20s.

A man rides a bicycle in the rain Sunday near E. Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Even with a few scattered showers around the region this morning and some expected later this evening, Sunday temperatures are expected to range from the low to mid 50s.

It’s the result of a push of warm air from the south, says National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson said.

But these lovely, snow-free, 50-degree temps, typically seen in Michigan in late March and early April, are just around today.

“We will see a cold front pass through tonight, with highs in the lower 40s on Monday and lows in the mid-30s,” Thompson said.

Despite the dampness, Jac Stelly, 15, of Royal Oak, a member of the U. of D. Jesuit High School soccer team, practices his soccer skills near Royal Oak High School Sunday.

Tuesday calls for some rain showers in the afternoon and overnight with highs in the lower 40s.

Desiree Jacques Rinkel and her husband Craig took advantage of the balmy temperatures this weekend and dropped their kayaks into the Huron River at the Proud Lake State Rec Area launch near Commerce Township in Oakland County.

Desiree Jacques Rinkel and her husband Craig took advantage of the balmy temperatures and dropped their kayaks into the Huron River at the Proud Lake State Rec Area launch near Commerce Township in Oakland County.

The Royal Oak couple headed upstream to the control dam, saying they could not let Saturday, and its beautiful weather, pass them by while they sat inside the house.

“Michigan offers so many wonderful outdoor activities, in any season, and I'm thrilled to check winter kayaking off my bucket list,” Rinkle, of Royal Oak, said. “While I appreciate a more traditional winter, this warmer air has provided a nice opportunity to get out and enjoy what I love.”

JChambers@detroitnews.com

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