Sunny, cool but windy weather ahead for St. Patrick’s Day in western Massachusetts

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Some Pioneer Valley locals plan on spending the spring-like holiday weekend outside.

Temperatures reached the mid to upper 40s Saturday for the St. Patrick’s road race while highs for St. Patrick’s Day itself are expected to dip to the low 40s. Compared to the last ten years of celebrations, this weather is relatively normal.  

Some winds might make it feel slightly cooler out but with the combination of sunny skies, there’s little room for complaints. Overall it will be a nice late-winter day, and many locals are happy for no snow and no brutal cold during the Holyoke St. Patrick’s parade.

But the current forecast is still a bit cooler than the picture-perfect St. Patrick’s Day some people hope for. 

“I mean 70s, sunny, you know, no wind, no clouds,” Jon in Chicopee explained his perfect forecast to 22News. 

The low 40s is a huge jump from the spring-like day we had Friday when temperatures reached the upper 60s, but it’s still much warmer than some St.Patrick’s Days in the past. The coldest St. Patrick’s Day on record for Springfield happened in 1967 when the low dropped to just 9 degrees.

The average high for St. Patrick’s Day is 45 degrees, while the average low is just 28 degrees. 

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