Near Record Highs
By Justin Drabick
January ended and February begins with spring-like temperatures. Highs both days soared into the 60s ranging 20-25 degrees above the average. The high temperature in Philadelphia on Monday was 63 and hit 67 on Wednesday. The record highs were challenged but not broken. Monday’s record is 65 degrees set in 1947 and the record for Wednesday is 70 degrees set in 2002. This is all due to a ridge in the jet stream over the east allowing for a mid to late April-like air mass to move into the Delaware Valley.
The April-like temperatures will come to an end as a cold front passes through the region tonight. However, high temperatures will still remain above average through the end of the week. Highs on Thursday will top out around 50 and drop to the mid to upper 40s for the end of the week. The La Nina pattern is still the major influence of our weather pattern but there may be some signs of a bit of a pattern change, which could bring some colder shots of air to the mid-Atlantic. We’ll see if the groundhog sees his shadow tomorrow.