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Record Highs Cover Much of the Country Again Tuesday

21 Feb 2017, 3:38 pm

If you took a look at the nationwide high temperatures on Tuesday, you would’ve thought the map was from April. Perhaps May.

An early taste of spring once again covered much of the country on Tuesday as record highs were observed from Kentucky to Michigan to Colorado. It’s part of the unusually warm trend through much of the lower 48 so far this February, culminating in well over a thousand record highs coast-to-coast this month and counting.

Among the more impressive records specifically on Tuesday included Madison, Wisconsin’s 61° reading, making it the fourth-straight day the city has hit a record. Rockford, Illinois saw its mercury rise to 66°, the fifth-straight day it’s broken a record high. Other cities to nab records included Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colorado and Lexington, Kentucky, which broke a 143-year-old record high.

In all, a very preliminary 18 record highs were broken nationwide on Tuesday, but that number will likely rise once final numbers are tabulated by individual National Weather Service (NWS) offices.

More records will be broken on both Wednesday and Thursday as the warmth migrates further east, before a return to reality later this week and this weekend.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the record-breaking heat and a look at the upcoming cool down as well.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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