New high temperature records set earlier this week

jojacobs@vagazette.com

It’s not every day a person can comfortably wear shorts in February. This week, the Historic Triangle had two record-breaking daily high temperatures that made shorts feel like a requirement.

Temperatures reached a balmy 80 degrees Wednesday, comfortably defeating a previous record of 77 degrees set in 2014, according to Weather Underground’s data on temperatures recorded at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

And then on Thursday, another record fell. The day’s high temperature hit 82 degrees, eclipsing a record of 72 degrees set in 1985, according to Weather Underground.

“We’ve had warm spells in February. We’ve also had cold spells. It all depends on the weather patterns,” said meteorologist Mike Rusnak on Tuesday. Rusnak is based at the National Weather Service station in Wakefield.

A high-pressure area off the coast brought warm air from the deep south into the region, Rusnak said.

Come Saturday, the National Weather Service predicts a high temperature of 75 degrees, which is in striking distance of the record daily high temperature of 82 degrees set in 2012, according to Weather Underground.

Last month was the fifth warmest January on record, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by NASA. The only months of January warmer were in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2007.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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