Here’s some good weather news: Sunday’s forecast for Easter in Aiken calls for a partly sunny sky and a high near 69 degrees.


Before then, however, there will be some nights that are chillier than usual, according to the National Weather Service in Columbia.


“A cold front moved through the area, and, behind that, we’ve been seeing much cooler temperatures,” said Meteorologist Whitney Rushing said Monday afternoon. “The high temperatures are about 20 degrees below normal, and the lows are a good 10 to 12 degrees below normal for this time of year.”


Monday night’s temperature was expected to drop to 33 degrees. Lows of 31 degrees, 32 degrees and 35 degrees are predicted for today, Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The best chance for frost probably will be Wednesday, when the wind will be light and the skiy will be clear, said Alan Moore, a hydrometeorologist.


High temperatures will climb gradually from Monday’s 51-degree peak, nearing 60 degrees by Wednesday and reaching the mid-60s by Friday.


The last time freezing temperatures were recorded during 2012’s winter-to-spring transition was on Feb. 21 in the Augusta area. The latest spring freeze ever for the same area was on April 24, 1986, based on records dating back to 1874.