Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Winter to Offer a Taste of Summer

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Late Winter to Offer a Taste of Summer

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Put away the heavy coats, gloves and boots - at least for the next few days.

The Pittsburgh region figures to shatter a 127-year-old record high temperature on Tuesday.

Chris Leonardi, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh, said the high is expected to be 76 degrees. The previous record high for Feb. 20 was 68 degrees, set in 1891.

A ridge of high pressure has settled over the area, pushing warm air up from the South, Mr. Leonardi said.

Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 60s Wednesday, with rain expected by midday, he said. After a high temperature in the 40s on Thursday, temperatures are expected to rebound to near 60 on Friday and Saturday.

Amid that relatively good weather news, Monday's rain of up to a half-inch caused some difficulties.

The state Department of Transportation closed one lane of northbound Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) because of a mudslide that occurred about 1,000 feet before the intersection with the McKees Rocks Bridge. …

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