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Patrick Springer, Published March 16 2012

Fargo hits record high temperature of 76 on Friday, warm weekend ahead

FARGO - The metro area basked Friday in record warmth, and it’s not over yet. The temperature spiked to 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

That handily beats the old record of 64 degrees set in 1968.

Rob Kupec, WDAY meteorologist, expects more high temperature records likely will tumble this weekend, when the mercury will climb to the upper 70s.

Today’s high could reach 77, and Sunday’s will also be in the upper 70s. But hold on to your hat Sunday – gusts could reach 38 mph, the weather service says.

Friday’s 76-degree reading is the earliest 70-degree or higher reading on record for Fargo, Kupec said. In 1968, the high reached 73 degrees on today’s date, St. Patrick’s Day.

Fargo has recorded an 80-degree temperature once in March, on March 23, 1910.

“We’ll be awfully close this weekend,” Kupec said.

Meanwhile, the Red River is expected to crest Monday at 19 feet, one foot above minor flood stage. The river should drop below flood stage, 18 feet, on Wednesday, according to the weather service forecast.


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