These are not the best of days for tree-pollen sufferers, but most people around here have been waiting for something like this.
After a chilly March that lapped into Easter week, spring asserted itself today, and at 4:01 p.m. the temperature reached 78 at Philadelphia International Airport.
Although that is way shy of the record for the date -- 90, in 1929 -- that's the highest official reading in Philadelphia since the 78 of Oct. 6. Normal is 61; 78 is normal for a May 31.
Tomorrow should be a few degrees warmer, and temperatures are heading into the June-like 80s on Wednesday.