Wednesday high temperature could be record-breaking

The last time it was this warm in February in Williamsburg, residents were watching Winter Olympians go for the gold in Sochi, Russia.

A record-breaking high temperature of 78 degrees is in the forecast for Wednesday in the Williamsburg area, according to the National Weather Service Tuesday afternoon.

Should the forecast hold, the high temperature will just edge out the daily record high of 77, which was set in 2014, according to Weather Underground’s data on temperatures recorded at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport.

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

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

Areas of fog are likely before 8 a.m. Wednesday and are expected to give way to partly sunny skies, according to the National Weather Service.

Wednesday’s potentially record-breaking high temperature comes on the heels of another close contest Tuesday, which saw a high temperature forecast of 74 degrees — a degree above the record daily high temperature of 73 degrees set last year.

Other daily high temperature records set during this week in February will hold onto their distinction for the time being.

Thursday’s daily record high of 72 degrees, set in 1985, won’t likely be threatened by tomorrow’s forecasted high temperature of 68 degrees.

Ditto Friday’s expected high temperature of 56 degrees, which won’t come close to the 2017 record of 78 degrees.

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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