Record highs push this winter into top 5 warmest across the tri-state
While the calendar says February, it has felt like May across the tri-state much of this week. Thursday featured many daily and monthly record-high temperatures.
It had never reached 70 degrees at Islip during the month of February ... until Thursday. The monthly high temperature record was smashed, reaching 71 degrees. The previous record was set just last year at 68 degrees. What is more remarkable about this record is that Islip reached 71 degrees at 11 in the morning - not your typical record-setting day!
Bridgeport also had its warmest February day on record, reaching 68 degrees Thursday. The previous record was 67, which was also recorded last year.
While Central Park did not break any records, a 70-degree high on Feb. 16 is a rare occurrence. New York City has only recorded 11 days of 70+ degree highs in February before Thursday. These records date back to 1871!
These record temperatures have helped push this winter into the top five warmest winters across the entire tri-state. With temperatures expected to rebound back into the 50s by Sunday and stay 10 to 20 degrees above average next week, some locations may end February as the warmest winter ever recorded.
Some hints of winter are possible by the end of the month and into March, and the News 12 Storm Watch Team will have the latest hyperlocal 10 day forecast that will show if winter ever makes a comeback.