A period of unseasonably warm weather in this area has led to a high-temperature record being broken which had stood since 1975.
That occurred on Saturday, when the mercury hit 67 degrees at F.G. Doggett Water Plant in Mount Airy, the city’s official weather-monitoring station.
That broke the record for Jan. 12, which was actually the 24-hour period running from 7 a.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday due to the monitoring system long in place at the water plant in the Laurel Bluff community. It does not observe the traditional day that begins at midnight.
A check of the statistics Tuesday by Will Hodges, assistant water treatment supervisor, revealed that the previous record high for the Jan. 12 date locally was established 45 years ago. The mercury topped out then at 64 degrees.
Weather records have been kept in Mount Airy since 1924.
Daytime temperatures also have climbed into the 60s at other times recently, including on Sunday afternoon when another high in the upper 60s was reached.
However, as of Tuesday morning the only record that had been broken was the one for Jan. 12, according to Hodges.
Although highs also crept into the lower 60s Tuesday afternoon, a bit of a cooling trend is in store for this area, according to the National Weather Service.
At last report, highs in the upper 50s were expected for Wednesday and the mid-50s on Thursday, before dipping into the mid-40s on Friday.
There is even a good chance of freezing rain and snow on Saturday, with little or no accumulation predicted.
Sunday night could bring a low in the mid-20s, the first of four nights expected between 20-24 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.