Marching to record?

March 2012, as we noted in our online story, certainly is setting new standards for strangeness.

It also has a good shot at becoming the warmest in Philadelphia. At any event, what Ray Kruzdlo at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly says looks like a sure thing: It will finish in the top 3.

Through yesterday the monthly average in Philadelphia stood at 52.4, breathing down the neck of the title-holder, 1921, at 52.5.

As we mentioned, the 80 at 3 p.m. at Philadelphia International Airport is a record for the date.

After today, the average temperature will bump up to just over 53. Whether it can hold that edge is problematical. Low temperatures next week could fall back to the 30s.

But looking at the National Weather Service forecast, March 2012 could stay just warm enough to take over the No. 1 spot.

Regardless, this has been one surreal month.