Temperatures beat record high in Norfolk on Friday

Staff writer

Yes, it’s still February. Yes, it’s nice outside.

But it might still be a little early to call Punxatawney Phil a meteorologist for his prediction of an early spring on Groundhog Day on Feb. 2.

A forecaster with the National Weather Service forecast office in Wakefield said that according to preliminary observations, temperatures at the Norfolk airport reached a high of 79 degrees.

It might have even gotten as high as 80 between hourly observations since official numbers aren’t yet available.

That beats the old record for Feb. 8 from 1937, when temperatures reached 75 degrees. And 79 sounds a lot better than than 1895, when the city recorded a balmy high of 16.

Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport recorded a temperature of 77 degrees around 1 p.m. Friday.

The normal high in Norfolk around this time in February is 50 degrees, according to NWS climate records.

Don’t get used to the warmth though. A cold front passing through the region on Friday afternoon, associated with a strong low pressure system over Canada, will put an end to any aspirations of spring.

The NWS expects a high of 40 on Saturday in Norfolk and Newport News.

Matt Jones, 757-247-4729, mjones@dailypress.com, @jones_mattryan

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