Feeling the heat: Pittsburgh breaks 111-year-old temperature record

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.Updated 30 minutes ago Pittsburgh broke a 111-year-old record Friday with one of its hottest days in February since the turn of the 20th century. By 2 p.m., the temperature recorded outside Pittsburgh International...

Feeling the heat: Pittsburgh breaks 111-year-old temperature record

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Pittsburgh broke a 111-year-old record Friday with one of its hottest days in February since the turn of the 20th century.

By 2 p.m., the temperature recorded outside Pittsburgh International Airport had reached 75 degrees and continued to climb, said Tim Axford, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Moon.

The previous record-high for the day was 70 degrees on Feb. 24, 1906, Axford said. The hottest day ever on record during February was 77 degrees in 1900.

Official Pittsburgh high as of right now is 76. Destroys record for day (70/1906). Just misses record for month (77/Feb 8 1900).

— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) February 24, 2017

Official Pittsburgh high as of right now is 76. Destroys record for day (70/1906). Just misses record for month (77/Feb 8 1900).

Thursday night's low was 55 degrees — higher than the average daily high for this time of year.

Strong southerly winds combined with a lack of snow cover and cloudless sky contributed to the temporary heat wave, which will subside overnight as a cold front moves into Western Pennsylvania, Axford said.

Temperatures are expected to drop to the mid to upper-50s shortly after midnight and bottom out Sunday morning in the mid-20s.

Light precipitation could even turn into snow late Saturday.

"We could see some snow showers locally Saturday night," said Axford, "but we're not expecting much."

By Sunday afternoon, the temperature will hover around 40 degrees, which Axford said is "near normal" for late February.

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