Warm weather breaks some Valley records

February 12, 2011 

Unseasonably high temperatures Saturday tied or broke records in some Valley communities, the National Weather Service reported.

Fresno's high of 75 fell one degree short of the record for Feb. 12 set in 1921, the weather service said. The high for this time of year normally is about 61 degrees.

But Madera's high of 73 and Merced's high of 71 set records Saturday, and Hanford's high of 71 tied the record for the date, said Jeff Barlow, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Hanford.

Barlow said high pressure has been keeping the skies clear, allowing the sun to warm the region.

Sunny skies are expected again today, with highs in the Valley forecast to reach near 70.

But the spring-like weather won't be around much longer.

A series of storms is expected to move into the region by Monday afternoon, bringing rain to the Valley and snow to higher elevations, Barlow said.

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