In a February that's already seen two 70-degree days, a couple more are on tap, including a potentially record-warm day Friday.
The National Weather Service says to expect the high temperature in Philadelphia to reach the mid 70s Friday, setting the stage for the mercury to surpass or tie the record of 74.
That mark was set in 1985.
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The high is again forecast to reach the low 70s on Saturday, the weather service said. Rain – including the possibility of thunderstorms – is also expected.
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Record warmth, however, appears unlikely for Saturday: The warmest Feb. 25 in Philadelphia was in 1930, when the mercury hit 79 degrees.
The continuing warmth comes after last Sunday's high of 70 degrees set the record for the day and Thursday's high of 73 marked the warmest day in Philadelphia since Oct. 21.
Thursday's high, however, fell short of the Feb. 23 record of 75 degrees, set in 1874.
Several other places in the greater region, however, did set or equaled records Thursday, including Allentown (72 degrees, beating the old record of 71, set in 1985), Atlantic City (72 degrees, tying the mark set in 1985), Reading (73 degrees, breaking the record of 72, set in 1932), Wilmington (73 degrees, beating the record of 72, from 1985) and Mount Pocono (63 degrees, breaking the record of 60, set in 1977).
This week marks the first time temperatures in Philadelphia have hit the 70s in February since 2002, according to weather service records.
The month is on track to be the warmest-ever February in Philadelphia. Eighteen of the first 23 days have had above normal temperatures.
A cooldown is forecast for Sunday, when a more seasonable high in the mid 40s is expected.