February warmth setting NW records

SEATTLE- Following a wet January, we've been seeing a big change for February.  A strong ridge of high pressure has kept the rain away this week and has been sending the temperatures in our region soaring into some record territory. The ridge starting building on Sunday and some spots on the southern Oregon coast were seeing some mild temps in the 70s. Brookings, OR on the far southern coast ended the weekend with a high of 74.

Monday a host of other cities broke new one-day warmth records. Forks hit 70 degrees yesterday, which shattered the old record of 61 set back 46 years ago in 1970. It was the only city in Washington State to break a heat record. Another Northwest city that shattered its high temp by 9 degrees was Medford, Oregon. The Monday high in Oregon's Rogue Valley was a summer-like 79 degrees. Other Oregon cities breaking or tying records: Redmond (67), McMinnville (66), Salem (65), and Hillsboro (64 tie).

For today we'll be near record temperatures again with highs within striking distance for a lot of places in Western Washington. Forks again could break a record with a forecast high two degrees above the record of 64. Olympia's forecast high is 60 and the record is 63. Bellingham could tie the record of 59 today. At SeaTac the number in the record books is 62 and Q13 News Lead Morning Meteorologist, MJ McDermott says that record for Seattle is probably safe. "The morning fog is pretty dense in a lot of areas. It will keep our temps from getting to just shy of the record. I think we'll be right around 60 degrees."

Enjoy this mild spell while it lasts and be sure to soak in that natural Vitamin D. The forecast calls for more clouds tomorrow and a chance of showers. We'll also be cooler with highs in the mid 50s. That's still warm for February. The average high for this part of the winter season is 49.