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Updated: April 4, 2013 2:50PM

After a March in which not one day reached the 60-degree mark, Chicagoans are more than ready for their first real taste of spring, and we could get a peek into what the season promises on Thursday, when temperatures flirt ever so closely with the 60-degree mark.

“It’ll be close,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley, who noted that Thursday’s forecast for Chicago calls for high temperatures in the upper 50s with 60 degrees a real possibility farther out, around Rockford.

More likely is that we hit 60 on Saturday, which is expected to be breezy and much warmer, with highs in the mid-60s, but with a chance of rain and some isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to the weather service.

The warmup will be even more welcome around here since, Seeley said, the last time we’ve seen a day when the temperature has been over 60 was on Dec. 3, when the high was 70 degrees. Additionally, we’re following a March that not only had no 60-degree days -- the first time that’s happened since 2001 -- but was colder and snowier than normal, according to the weather service. As long as records have been kept, the month of March has been without a 60-degree day only 23 times, according to the weather service.

The average high temperature this March was 39.6 degrees, 7 degrees below normal, according to the weather service. The average low temperature was 25.6 degrees, 3.6 degrees below normal. We also saw 10.4 inches of snow, which is 4.8 inches above normal.

Though temperatures will warm up Thursday, the mercury will slip back into the 30s and 40s on Friday. Though Friday will be mostly sunny in the morning before some clouds move in, high temperatures will range from the lower 40s near the lake to near 50 well inland.

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