CHICAGO (CBS) — Now that we’ve put our shorts and flip flops back in storage for the time being, federal figures show temperatures this March were 8.6 degrees above normal for most of the country.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the contiguous 48 states have also seen temperatures 6 degrees higher in the first three months of the year.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports

AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams discourages people from jumping to conclusions about the summer.

“Some years, when it’s been very, very warm in the middle of the spring, it’s actually gotten cooler later,” Abrams said. “We’ve already seen a little bit of that effect this month, that March was warmer than April has been so far.”

Abrams says the forecast for the summer is for normal, or slightly above normal, temperatures.

But for now, we’ll all have to get to the early spring chill again. CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros says the temperature will hit 62 Monday, but only 48 on Tuesday and 51 on Wednesday.

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