It was another day that would have you checking the calendar as the afternoon high soared to 77 degrees. That was so close to the record of 78, set in 1986 and tied in 2014. That is more in line with May afternoon highs than February. If the clouds weren’t so numerous allowing more sunshine to warm things, the record would have been smashed.
Those clouds do mean rain is on the way. Keep the umbrella in the car tomorrow, as a trough of low pressure will spread showers across the area. The rain will become more widespread in the afternoon. It will also keep the temperatures down a little, but still above average with a high of 67. The average high is 53 for this time of year. Here’s the latest timing on the rain with Futurecast.
The showers move out early on Wednesday morning. That early departure will allow some afternoon clearing and the sun will be out again, warming things to near 70 degrees. Thursday and Friday will be mainly dry by breezy, the highs will climb to the mid 70s. Friday night the next front triggers some rain and thunderstorms. Some of those could be strong.
With all this warm air, you may be wondering if winter is over. Well, not just yet. Next weekend, there will be some morning lows near freezing and afternoon highs in the mid 50s, average for this time of year.
Looking forward, the Climate Prediction Center’s 3 month outlook is going for above average temperatures for the spring. Mmmm, that is not surprising.
I’ll have an update on this week’s weather on Channel 4 News at 10pm.