Summery weather shatters all-time record for February in Ithaca

The summery weather may not last, but on this sunny and 70° day in February we can say we’ve beaten the all-time high temperature record, according to Cornell’s meteorology department.

blue sky with cloudsCornell University’s student meteorologists say the previous February high temp record at their Game Farm Road weather station was 67° from February 28, 1997.

The new record was set with the noon hourly reading of 70° on Ithaca’s east hill, a jump from an 11am reading of 65°.

Meteorologist Drew Montreuil from Finger Lakes Weather says this is the last day of the “extreme warmth” for the area. He says Saturday will be “a bit of a wild day as a cold front plows through, bringing an end to the warmth with a bang.” Temperatures will still be warm in the morning, but gusty winds and a rain squall are in our near future.

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