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Midstate's recent warm weather broke records

Written by Rachel McDevitt | Feb 23, 2018 4:20 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- This time of year often feels like the winter doldrums, but people in the midstate were treated to a couple of summer-like, record-breaking days last week.

The mercury hit 79 degrees at Harrisburg International Airport on the 21st, making it the warmest February day on record for the area.

The last record high was 78 degrees on February 27th, 1997.

Mike Dangelo, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in State College, says the high temperature also smashed the last daily record for the 21st by eight degrees.

"It's not often you see that happen. Usually when you're breaking records, it's a degree higher, it's two degrees higher. Eight degrees--that was something else," Dangelo said.

The previous record was also set in 1997.

The National Weather Service has been keeping records for 130 years.

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