I’m sure most of us will be glad to be relieved of weather’s version of the 40/40 club; that is: temperatures stuck in the 40s and winds gusting to 40 mph. A cold, crisp night awaits, but Friday brings milder air as winds relax. Rain worries hold off until the weekend.

Through Tonight: It’s blustery and cold for the commute home with temperatures falling back into the 30s by dark with winds continuing to gust over 20 mph at times. But after midnight, winds settle a bit - down around the 5-10 mph range. Under clear to partly cloudy skies, lows range from the mid-to-upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown.

Friday: Partly sunny skies and about 10 degrees warmer than today. Highs manage to reach the mid-50s, perhaps upper 50s in a few spots. Winds, while not as gusty as today remain noticeable, blowing from the southwest around 10-15 mph.

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Pollen: Tree counts are in the MODERATE range at 38.02 grains/cubic meter according the U.S Army Centralized Allergen Extract Lab.

February was 9th warmest on record globally: NOAA reports February 2013’s global average temperature was 1.03°F above the 20th century average, tying 2003 as 9th warmest on record. It marked the 336th straight month of above average global temperatures. See the full report.