Feb 22, 2018

Summer in February! 80° in Massachusetts, 78° in NYC

New York, NY
USA
by
Dr. Jeff Masters
,
Weather Underground
A man reads a book as people walk along the Hudson River Greenway on an unseasonably warm afternoon, February 21, 2018 in New York City. New York City recorded their warmest February day on record: 78°. Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images
A man reads a book as people walk along the Hudson River Greenway on an unseasonably warm afternoon, February 21, 2018 in New York City. New York City recorded their warmest February day on record: 78°. Photo: Drew Angerer, Getty Images

Astonishing summer-like heat cooked the Eastern U.S. on Wednesday, smashing all-time records for February warmth in cities in at least ten states, from Georgia to Maine. At least 24 cities recorded their hottest February temperature on record on Wednesday, including New York City (78°), Hartford, CT (74°) and Concord, NH (74°). According to Weather Underground weather historian Christopher C. Burt, February 20 - 21 marked the most extraordinary heat event to ever affect the Northeastern quadrant of the U.S. during the month of February, since official records began in the late 1800s. He catalogued the following eight states that tied or beat all-time February state heat records over the past two days, noting that in the case of Maine and Vermont, “It is simply amazing to beat a state temperature record by some 8°F!”:

Pennsylvania: 83° at Capitol City (ties old record for the state)
New York: 79° at La Guardia Airport (old state record 78°)
Vermont: 77° at Bennington (old state record 68°)
New Hampshire: 77° at Manchester (old state record 72°)
Maine: 77° at Wells (old state record 69°)
New Jersey: 83° at Teterboro (old state record 80°)
Massachusetts: 80° at Fitchburg (old state record 73°)
Ohio: 80° at Cincinnati Lunken Airport (ties old record for the state)