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Spring makes its (real) debut

Saturday: warm and sunny.

Sunday: warm and sunny.

Clearly, Friday was no fluke. The weekend everyone has waited for is here.

“We are definitely headed into a very pleasant weekend,’’ said Aaron Reynolds, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Buffalo Niagara International Airport. “In fact, we couldn’t ask for a more perfect weekend.’’

The weather service predicts regional temperatures in the mid-60s and flirting with 70 on Saturday, and reaching 70 just about everywhere on Sunday.

That translates into shirtsleeves, sunglasses, flip-flops and open windows.

The caveat: It will be cooler near Lake Erie, because water temperatures are still in the 30s.

It should be a great weekend to, say, watch baseball. The Bisons play home games both days, at 4:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:05 p.m. Sunday.

Or take in a pub walk. A guided walk begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Old First Ward, at Republic and Vandalia streets.

Or plant trees. Re-Tree Western New York asks volunteers to report at 9 a.m. Saturday at 147 Diefendorf Hall on the University at Buffalo’s South campus.

Or you can walk or run in Delaware Park, ride a bike, cast for fish, wash a car.

Perfect weather never lasts forever. But the forecast doesn’t sour until the workweek begins, and even then it’s a brief downturn.

A cold front arriving Monday will drop temperatures into the 50s for Tuesday – presidential primary day – but that’s still about average for this time of year.

There also will be a chance of rain Tuesday morning, Reynolds said.

But sunny skies and a warm-up back to the 60s are in store for Wednesday and Thursday.

The National Weather Service doesn’t provide rock-solid forecasts more than seven days out.

But for what it’s worth, says meteorologist Jeff Wood, next weekend looks warmer than average, too, with temperatures in the 60s and 70s.

email: citydesk@buffnews.com