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First day of spring looks like winter

High of 21 degrees a fraction of record warmth a year ago

MADISON, Wis. - People dressed in layers and walked quickly around downtown Madison, as the first day of spring felt like a continuation of winter.

Wednesday's high of 21 degrees was about 60 degrees colder than the same day in 2012, which experienced record warmth.

Madison city officials scheduled a news conference outside to promote the B-Cycle program, which allows people to rent bikes downtown.

"It's so impressive how many people are here," said a bundled-up Mayor Paul Soglin. "It's Wisconsin, it's not last year where it was nice and lukewarm; it's a typical Madison spring day."

The bike program quadrupled its ridership last season and opened its 2013 season Wednesday despite the cold, according to a news release.

Meanwhile, people on State Street remembered last year's warmth fondly.

"I was wearing shorts and a T-shirt, having a really fun time," one woman said. "I hate this."

"God, it is spring, isn't it?" another asked. "If it could just warm up a little bit."

First day of spring looks like winter

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