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Published March 17 2012

Saturday’s high of 77 in Fargo breaks record

FARGO – A balmy St. Patrick’s Day continued a string of record high temperatures here.

Saturday’s high of 77 degrees edged the previous high of 73, recorded in 1968. Friday’s 76-degree reading trounced the previous high of 64, also set in 1968. And a recorded temperature of 62 on Thursday edged 1927’s record of 61 for the day.

The early heat wave is expected to continue today, with a projected high of 78. If the thermometer hits 80, it’ll be just the second time Fargo has seen a day that warm in recorded March history. The city’s last 80-degree day in the month came in 1910.

The average recorded highs this time of year are in the mid-30s. The record low for Saturday was -17 degrees in 1923.

Meanwhile, the Red River continued to climb toward an expected crest of 18.5 feet Monday, half a foot above minor flood stage. That estimate was revised downward Saturday morning from 19 feet.