Milwaukee shatters high temperature record
Milwaukee recorded a high temperature of 66 degrees Tuesday, shattering the 58-degree record high temperature for Feb. 21 set in 1930 by 8 degrees, and continuing a stretch of unseasonably warm weather that the National Weather Service in Sullivan calls"historical."
And there's a chance that the temperature could hit 70 degrees Wednesday in Milwaukee for the first time ever in February, weather service meteorologist Ben Herzog said.
It would also be the warmest temperature ever recorded in Milwaukee during winter, which the weather service defines as December, February and March, Herzog said.
Tuesday's record was 32 degrees warmer than the 34-degree high temperature that is normal in Milwaukee on Feb. 21, and the overnight low temperature of 47 degrees was 26 degrees warmer than the 21-degree low that is normal on the date, the weather service said.
This month also marks the first time that the temperature in Madison or Milwaukee has surpassed 60 degrees in February more than three days, Herzog said.
Milwaukee has recorded temperatures warmer than 60 degrees three days this month and Madison four days, but Wednesday could mark the first time Milwaukee has had four days in February that were warmer than 60 degrees, Herzog said.
And as of Monday, this has been the fifth warmest February in Milwaukee ever recorded, with an average daily temperature of 33.1 degrees - about 8 degrees warmer than the normal February average daily temperature of 24.8, he said.