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National Weather Service

Snow shovels can be put away and sunglasses put on in Madison for the next seven days, as calm and sunny weather takes over.

The National Weather Service has no precipitation in the forecast through mid-week next week, with high temperatures expected to be close to the 40-degree average every day starting on Saturday.

Thursday and Friday will be a little colder than average with highs in the low to mid-30s.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans is forecasting mostly to partly sunny skies Thursday, mostly sunny skies on Friday and partly sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday.

The work week will keep it going, with sunshine Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and next Thursday.

Wednesday's high in Madison was 27, 12 degrees below normal and 50 degrees below the record high of 77 for March 7, set in 2000.

The low on Wednesday was 17, 5 degrees below normal and 24 degrees above the record low of 7 below for the date, set in 1920.

A trace of precipitation (rain and melted snow) fell at the airport, keeping the March and meteorological spring (March through May) totals at 0.24 inches, 0.19 inches below normal.

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The record precipitation total on March 7 was 1.07 inches in 2009.

Since Jan. 1, Madison has received 4.42 inches of precipitation, 1.31 inches above normal.

The trace of precipitation was in the form of 0.1 inches of snow, bringing the March and spring totals up to 3.4 inches, 1.4 inches above normal.

The record snowfall on March 7 was 6.1 inches in 1935.

For the snow season of July to June, Madison has received 30.9 inches of snow, 12.2 inches below normal.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.