The mercury shot up to 77 degrees at Dulles International Airport just before 4 p.m. Thursday, shattering the record high for the date of 73 set in 1985.
Temperatures this warm aren’t normal in the region until mid-May.
Neighboring weather stations were also abnormally warm, but not quite at record levels. Reagan National Airport hit 75 degrees while Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport posted 77. The record at those two airports is 78 from 1874.
The Washington-Baltimore region joins many others in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast where temperatures were at or not far off records.
Here are some of the select records set so far:
- Albany hit at least 69 degrees, breaking its all-time February high temperature record.
- Boston hit at least 68 degrees, breaking the previous daily record of 65 from 1990 and tying its second warmest February day on record.
- Burlington, Vt., hit at least 62 degrees, breaking its all-time February high temperature record.
- Toronto (Canada), hit 63 degrees, breaking its all-time February high temperature record.
Remarkably, temperatures in the Washington-Baltimore area may be just as warm if not warmer on Friday.
If National Airport’s temperature rises to 78 degrees, which is a possibility, it would rank among the top five warmest February days on record in Washington.
Record highs at the three airports on Friday are:
- 78 at National Airport from 1985
- 79 at Dulles from 1985
- 79 at BWI Airport from 1985