Updated Friday 3:40 p.m.
Well, that was a nice drenching earlier today -- enough to push February's rain total over 5 inches and make it the wettest month since October and second-wettest month last March. But as the rain ends and we turn back to sunshine, we can go back to focusing on temperature as Friday marked the 26th straight winter day with a high of 50 or warmer.
If we manage 50 again on Saturday, it'll tie 1968 and 1977 for most February days at 50 or warmer (27 -- and '68 was a leap year). We are also close to setting the record for warmest February on record by average temperature -- we need to have a high+low Saturday reach 90 combined or more (as in a high of 50 and a low of 40) to break that record.
And we should have a shot - -it'll depend on how cold it gets at night with the clearing skies. Tonight will see scattered showers early tapering off from the north with clearing late. Lows will be in the mid-upper 30s.
Saturday will be sunny with a high in the low 50s -- so it'll be very close whether the two add up to 90.
A colder night is on tap Saturday night under clear skies, with temperatures dropping into the upper 20s in the outlying areas to the mid 30s in the city. That will lead to more sunshine Sunday with highs in the low 50s.
Our next bout with rain will be much lighter than today -- just a weak system coming in early Monday morning that will bring some light showers early, then drying late with highs in the upper 40s. We dry out again for mid week under partly sunny skies and highs around 50, with the next chance of showers holding off until the end of the week.
Have a great weekend!
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