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Perfect day to get a little color

Camron Pike, 7, reacts to a cloud of colored powder tossed at him and his grandfather, Mike Cragin, by “dasher splasher” Liz Munson during Sunday’s Color Dash 5K in Duluth. The event benefited Amberwing, which provides treatment for young people who struggle with mental-health issues or substance abuse. (Steve Kuchera / / 3
Hundreds of runners and walkers move along Railroad Street while a blue haze marks one of the color stations. Whether you were running or not, Sunday was a beautiful day in the Twin Ports, with highs in the 70s for the first time this year. (Steve Kuchera / / 3

The Twin Ports welcomed back a long-lost old friend on Sunday: a high temperature in the 70s.

The Duluth airport reported a high of 72 degrees; before Sunday, the last time Duluth had reached 70 degrees was more than seven months earlier, on Oct. 9.

And Sunday’s high was exactly 100 degrees warmer than Duluth’s lowest recorded temperature of last winter, 28 below zero on Jan. 6.

People flocked to the Park Point beach — though not necessarily into the waters of Lake Superior, with ice still visible in the distance. And it was perfect weather for the crowd of runners and walkers who voluntarily doused themselves with colored powder at the Color Dash 5K. The event, which started and finished at Bayfront Festival Park, was a fundraiser for

Amberwing, an outpatient facility in Duluth for young people who struggle with mental-health issues or substance abuse.

The warmth will retreat today, with highs only in the 50s and 60s amid showers and storms, some possibly strong. Parts of the region may see an inch of rain by the time skies clear on Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported.

A return to sunshine and a warming trend is in the forecast for later in the week.

  • While it was warm on Sunday in Duluth, it was nowhere near the record high. The record for the date remains 87 degrees, set just two years ago on May 18, 2012. The average high for May 18 in Duluth is 63 degrees.