- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Forecasters predict a temporary taste of spring this week when temperatures could rise to record-breaking levels in North Dakota.

Warmer temperatures are expected in western North Dakota, the Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/2lFTUIq ) reported. The mercury could hit 63 degrees Thursday in Dickinson. Williston temperatures could rise to 56 and Minot to 54 degrees - all record breakers.

The National Weather Service predicts 55 degrees in Bismarck Thursday, the warmest day of the week. That would be just short of the previous record for the day of 57 degrees set in 1981.

Ken Simosko, a meteorologist at NWS Bismarck, said a “rapid-warmup” is anticipated on Wednesday and Thursday. He said the temperatures will continue a “nice (snow) melt” for about five to seven days before returning to cooler temperatures.

On Wednesday, Bismarck could have a temperature of 49 degrees. The record for that day of 59 degrees is less achievable.

The warmer weather is due to a ridge of high pressure coming in from the west, said Simosko.

The average temperature for this time of year in North Dakota is 27 degrees. Temperatures are expected to drop back into the 30s next week.

“We’re doing pretty well when you consider that,” Simosko said.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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