(Photo: Mitsu Yasukawa/Northjersey.com)
Summer sent winter a postcard Wednesday.
By Wednesday afternoon, the mercury had soared as high as 79 degrees across North Jersey, becoming the region’s warmest day ever in February. In Bergenfield, the warm temperature shattered a 2002 record of 62 degrees, said Bob Ziff, spokesman for the North Jersey Weather Observers. In Hawthorne, the temperature had climbed to 69 in 1930, Ziff said.
The previous high for this month was 76 degrees on Feb. 15, 1949, based on readings at Newark Liberty International Airport dating back to 1931, and the average high temperature for Feb. 20 and 21 is 43.5 degrees.
Erich Sandler, a North Arlington native, was among those soaking up the warm, sunny day.
(from left) Alexander de la Rosa, 9, Riqueilin de la Rosa, 15, and Amber de la Rosa, 13, play catch with a bottle of water at Garret Mountain Reservation during an unusually warm day on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
Wearing a T-shirt and shorts, Sandler was casting a fishing line into a pond at Frank D. Zaccaria Memorial Park in Woodland Park. His two kids, ages 7 and 11 were with him.
"You always have that one good one," Sandler said."It’s a great experience to be out here with kids and bonding," he said.
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Mountain Creek, New Jersey’s largest ski center, was inviting customers to take in the warm weather.
“Another Spring day comin’ at ya. 40 trails, 7 lifts, and a high of 70 degrees,” Mountain Creek announced on its Facebook page. “Come enjoy the soft snow and sunshine.”
Warm weather isn’t going to last past Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to dip back into the 40s, and rain is expected to come by Thursday and stay through the weekend.
Despite the new records, the warmth isn’t entirely foreign for this time of year. Just a year ago, Ramsey reached 74 degrees, Ziff said. The same year, a large snowstorm hit in March, ending any cries of winter’s early demise.