Record Breaking Temps: Will This Be DC's Warmest Winter Ever? | NBC4 Washington

Record Breaking Temps: Will This Be DC's Warmest Winter Ever?

Thursday's high broke the previous daily record. This winter is on track to be DC's warmest ever.

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    Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer has the forecast on Feb. 22, 2017. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017)

    What to Know

    • Today's high was 77 degrees. This broke the date's previous record of 73 degrees in 1985.

    • If Storm Team4’s forecast for the rest of February holds up, this will be the warmest February the DC metro area has ever experienced.

    • The possibility for snow is very low.

    Thursday's toasty temperatures did more than induce a heavy dose of spring fever across the DMV. Temperatures broke a record -- and may contribute to a record-breaking winter.

    It was the warmest Feb. 23 on record in Washington, D.C., with the high soaring to 77 degrees.

    The previous record was 73 degrees, set in 1985.

    Storm Team4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer said there is a possibility Friday also may be a record-shattering day, with an expected high of 76 degrees. The temperature it needs to beat? 78 degrees in 1884.

    Kammerer predicts temperatures in the 70s on Saturday, too, which would make a grand total of six above-70 degree days this month.

    If Storm Team4’s forecast for the rest of February holds up, this will be the warmest February the D.C. metro area has ever experienced.

    Temperatures were also significantly warmer in December and January, which puts this winter on pace to be among the warmest ever in Washington.

    Kammerer said this jacket-less weather may not continue, so soak up the sun this week while you can. Colder air will likely move into the area the first week of March and possibly into the second week, he said.

    But what about snow?

    Kammerer said the possibility for snow is very low. He said the pattern could change, but the chance of significant snowfall is unlikely.

    If there is no more snowfall this year, this winter will see the third-lowest snow totals in our area's history.

    Because of these warm temperatures, trees have been blooming early and pollen levels are high. As a result, allergy sufferers may have a rough couple of days ahead of them.

     


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