Tri-State Has a Spring Fling

60 degrees never felt so warm

Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 6:52 AM EDT
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Get up to speed on the newest storm headed for the tri-state with the 2/1 noon forecast

Get up to speed on the newest storm headed for the tri-state with the 2/1 noon forecast

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The tri-state is enjoying a taste of spring, as temperatures soar 15 to 20 degrees above average today, with partly sunny skies and little chance of rain.

Temperatures surpassed the expected high of 55 degrees on Thursday, reaching 60 degrees in Central Park by early afternoon.  Friday will be even warmer, with an expected high of 61 degrees.  Overnight lows are expected in the mid 40s.

The last time tri-state residents enjoyed temperatures in the 50s was back in January, when it hit 53 and 52 degrees on Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, respectively.

Temperatures will cool back down into the 40s on Saturday and Sunday, but no further precipitation is expected until Monday, when there's a chance of rain -- and more brutal overnight temperatures around 19 degrees.

The warm-up, even to the 40s, comes after the snowiest January on record in New York City. A little more than 36 inches of snow fell in the first month of 2011, burying the old mark of 27.4 inches.

Thus far, the average temperature for the month is 0.5 degrees below normal. The average temps in December and January were 4.5 degrees and 2.4 degrees below normal, respectively.
 
As always, check back with NBCNewYork.com for the latest weather forecasts, predictions, satellite images and severe weather alerts.

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