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Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 2:09 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Fri Feb 4, 2011.

Button up those warm coats, but just for one more day. The Valley's cold spell is almost over.

After experiencing a blast of Arctic air, Valley residents can expect to see temperatures begin warming up into the 60s and low 70s this weekend, said Craig Ellis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

But a freeze warning will be in effect from 11 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday. Valley residents are advised to cover up their plants, protect citrus crops, keep pets inside and possibly cover water pipes.

Wednesday's high temperature of 44 degrees in the Valley set a record of a "maximum low" temperature for the month of February, dipping two degrees colder than the previous record, 46 degrees on Feb. 6, 1899 and Feb. 8, 1903, Ellis said.

The low for Thursday morning in Phoenix was 30 degrees, but areas throughout the East Valley including Mesa and Gilbert, dipped into the mid 20s.

Thursday's high temperature was expected to be 51 with a low of 32, and on Friday, the high is expected to be 55 with a low of 30 in the early morning hours.

"The winds are slowing down and the temperatures will be climbing back up," Ellis said.

Ellis, who lives in Tempe, said that the reason why no one has seen coatings of frost in the morning is because the air is too dry for moisture to condense.

"We're thawing out, so to speak," Ellis said. "This weekend, we'll see a dramatic change. We're expecting temperatures to get back to normal for this time of the year. If you like warm weather, we're looking a lot better."

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