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F-M sets record high Friday, could set records daily through Tuesday

Dale DeVine chops ice out of his driveway on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at his home in north Fargo. Devine, who is retired, said it is a good way to get outside and enjoy the nice weather. David Samson / The Forum

FARGO - It’s time to break out the shorts!

The Fargo area zoomed into record territory for its high temperature Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, and several more record highs are possible this weekend and early next week.

Temperatures hit a record 53 degrees Friday. The previous record of 48 degrees was set in 2002, WDAY meteorologist Jared Piepenburg said. The record low for this date is minus 30 degrees.

The average high for Feb. 17 is 24, and the average low is 6, Piepenburg said.

Unseasonably warm weather will stick around, at least through Tuesday, Feb. 21, before returning to something closer to the chillier seasonal averages, Piepenburg said.

The overnight low was expected to be 34 Friday night with some patchy fog possible. Saturday, Feb. 18, should see a high around 50, under partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies. Saturday’s record high is 52, set in 1981.

The high Sunday, Feb. 19, is forecast to be 55. The record is 52, set in 1930.

Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 50. The current record is 49 degrees set in 1931.

Tuesday’s high is forecast to be 54 degrees. The current record is 49 degrees set in 1981.

“We could have some record-setting weather coming up here,” Piepenburg said.

Even if the forecast temperatures are off by a couple of degrees, the average high temperature for Tuesday, Feb. 21, is 26 degrees, he said.

“We’re still looking at 25 degrees above average. Which is a lot. It’s pretty impressive,” Piepenburg said. “We’re kind of lucking out here for people that like warmer air.”

The overnight low of 45 degrees Sunday morning should continue melting local snow cover. Overnight lows then drop to about 36 degrees for Monday and Tuesday.

Clouds are expected to roll in Wednesday as the high temperature drops to 46 degrees, with temperatures dropping off further Thursday, when a high of 35 is expected and possibly some rain or snow, according to WDAY’s forecast.

Helmut Schmidt

Helmut Schmidt was born in Germany, but grew up in the Twin Cities area, graduating from Park High School of Cottage Grove. After serving a tour in the U.S. Army, he attended the University of St. Thomas in St Paul, Minn., graduating in 1984 with a degree in journalism. He then worked at the Albert Lea (Minn.) Tribune and served as managing editor there for three years. He joined The Forum in October 1989, working as a copy editor until 2000. Since then, he has worked as a reporter on several beats, including education, Fargo city government, business and military affairs. He is currently The Forum's K-12 education reporter.

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