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Midwest, South February Record Heat Continues

12 Feb 2017, 4:46 pm

You might want to turn that big winter parka in for a swimsuit if these temperatures across the Midwest and South continue to hold.

More daily and monthly records were smashed on Sunday, right after back-to-back days of record-obliterating February heat records from Colorado to Texas. On Sunday, however, the bulk of the record heat was more concentrated in the South and Southeast.

Cities that either tied or broke their all-time February temperatures on Sunday afternoon included Richmond and Norfolk, Virginia (both 82°); Winston-Salem, NC (79°) and Alexandria, Louisiana (87°). Several other cities came close to hitting their warmest February temperatures as at least 79 different locations set daily temperature records on Sunday alone.

Some of the more impressive records included Greensboro, North Carolina, which saw its earliest 80-degree temperature on record (81°), Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina was just a degree shy of its warmest February temperature on record (83°).

As you might imagine, though, February temperatures in the 80s and 90s can’t last forever, and signs of normality and reality are settling back in. Amarillo, Texas saw temperatures plummet by nearly 40° from Saturday to Sunday as a cold front moved through, and that same front will continue to usher in cooler temperatures for the Southeast by Monday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the unseasonably high temperatures and the impending cool down as well.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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