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Erie Heat Wave 48 Degrees

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The big change in temperatures seemed to change the collective mood of Erie residents. While you wouldn't normally think of 48 degrees as a heat wave, after the February weather Erie has experienced, that's exactly what people were calling it. 

The average high and low temperature for the month, according to the National Weather Service is 16.7 degrees that's nearly 11 degrees below normal.  Erie has seen three sub zero temperature days including -7 degrees on Monday morning, and collected nearly two feet of new snow for the month.

Everyone was outside at lunchtime in downtown Erie, walking for exercise or just drinking in a day without snowfall and with temperatures above the freezing mark, in fact 16 degrees above freezing.

The snow piles were shrinking and that made for some puddles here and there but the walkers didn't seem to mind.

And we saw a couple of window washers out too.  They normally have to use an anti-freeze in their window washing water, but not today.

"Yeah, yeah...everybody's been calling it a heat wave, I'm not from here, they say Erie weather is so funny, but it's a great day," said Mark Hodge of Candia Window Washers.

Kathy Gabbard and three of her co-workers from Medicor have been walking indoors at lunchtime, in a tunnel below their building, but today were eager to get outside.  "It's a little windy, but we don't care, we're out here to get some exercise and it's wonderful to see the sunshine," said Gabbard.  We asked if she ever thought she'd consider a 48 degree day warm? "It feels like a heat wave, honestly, it's beautiful."

Near the end of the lunch hour what forecasters call "a disturbance" passed through, dropping the temperature 8 degrees in just a half hour, and by the afternoon, flurries were flying again.  But the heat wave is expected to return on Thursday, with temperatures nearing 60 degrees. The official start of spring is March 20.

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