It’s official. We all know it’s been a warm winter, but this is now officially the 7th warmest winter on record for Baltimore. It’s the 3rd warmest on record for Washington National Airport. Records for both places go back to 1871. And this is the warmest ever on record for Washington Dulles, dating back to 1963. Just as clarification, seasonal winter will continue through March 19 but meteorological winter is only through the end of February.
The entire season of meteorological winter was well above average. December came in at +5.5 degrees, January was +5.4 degrees, and February was +5.8 degrees. During this time, we spent more days in the 50s and 60s than 30s and 40s. In fact, we hit 70 degrees on Feb. 1 but never spent a day with a high only in the 20s. That’s quite a contrast from the last couple of winters around here.
March is beginning on the same note– warm. We are only three days in, but all three of them have been above average. We will still top out above the average of 49 degrees Sunday before a shot of cold air arrives. This cold air could come with some mixed rain and snow showers Sunday night into Monday. Expect highs only in the low/mid 40s both Monday and Tuesday. However, that cold air will leave us as quickly as it comes in.
Another warmup will take over for the second half of the week. Highs will jump back up to near 60 degrees on Wednesday and then the 60s Thursday and Friday.