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The first day of spring is a day away but the sunny skies in Metro Detroit on Sunday had local residents celebrating the spring equinox anyway.

The weather brought out shorts and other warm-weather clothes as people walked their dogs, jogged and played outdoors in the sunshine. The Detroit area reached 60 at 2:54 p.m., the National Weather Service said. The record for the day is 75, set in 2012. Normal temperature for the day is about 47 degrees. Last March 19, the temperature was 44, according to weather service data.

On Sunday at the Dairy Queen on Nine Mile Road in Ferndale, crowds kept the staff busy filling orders for sundaes and ice cream cones, a prelude to a summer-long ritual.

Kelsey Dupuis, a manager for the popular shop, said the store has been busy since the end of February, when it opened.

Dupuis said Metro Detroiters are ready for warm weather after the frequent snow, sleet, rain mix all winter.

“I saw shorts today but no sandals,” said Dupuis.

Sunday’s weather won’t stick around too long, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Sunny skies will stick around for the most part but temperatures are expected to dip.

On Monday, the high will be 37 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The evening will bring colder weather with 20-degree temperatures.

Tuesday, the first day of spring, will usher in sunny skies but temperatures will remain cold. The high will be 37 degrees and the evening will bring 22-degree weather.

It will be much the same Wednesday with partly sunny skies. A slight warm-up will occur Thursday, when the temperatures will be 40 with mostly sunny skies.

bwilliams@detroitnews.com

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