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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.