When you woke up this morning, the temperature in some southwestern Connecticut towns was more was more 40 degrees warmer than Tuesday morning.

Just before 6 a.m, the temperature was 45 degrees at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Stratford and White Plains airport, near Greenwich; 44 in Danbury and 43 in Oxford. At the same time Tuesday, it was minus 3 degrees in Danbury, 9 in Oxford, 10 in Stratford and 13 in White Plains.

Temperatures will continue to rise throughout the day, reaching a high in the low 50s in the afternoon.

The rain may have ended, but it will return after 8 p.m. with amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

We will also have daytime temperatures in the 50s on Thursday.

Colder temperatures - with a chance of snow - are expected later in the week.

Here’s the forecast:

Today: Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 6 to 16 mph.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly after 8 p.m. Cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 45 by 4am. South wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Thursday: A 40 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.

Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.

Saturday: A 30 percent chance of snow after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

Saturday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.