Two February record highs broken

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Monday looked and felt more like a day in early April than mid-February as the high hit a record 52 degrees.

DNR warns of thin ice developing on some lakes

When the high hit 57 degrees Friday, Feb. 10, it blew by the old record high of 47 degrees set in 1977 and 2010. Last year the high Feb. 10 was 16 degrees. Back in 2008, the high Feb. 10 was a minus 11 degrees.

Monday another record high was set when the temperature hit 52 degrees, topping the old record for Feb. 13 of 46 degrees reached both in 1967 and 2002. Last year the high Feb. 13 was 12 degrees and the low a minus 9 degrees. The coldest Feb. 13 high on record is 5 degrees in 1975.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning of thin ice on some lakes due to the unusually warm weather that has persisted since Jan. 17. Over the past 28 days, highs have averaged 34.1 degrees – that is nearly 13 degrees above average. Lows have been 20.2 degrees – nearly 17 degrees above average.

Based on the National Weather Service forecast for the coming week, the ice on area lakes could be getting even thinner. After a couple days near 40 in the middle of the week, the highs are supposed to be in the upper 50s later in the week and possibly 60 by next Monday. It cools off next week but temperatures are still expected to be 10 to 15 degrees above average in the mid-40s....

 

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Pictured: Monday looked and felt more like a day in early April than mid-February as the high hit a record 52 degrees.

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