PA weather: Historic heat, strong winds with a wild week on tap

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – The abrupt change in weather patterns in southeastern Pennsylvania this week could bring record-breaking heat to the region, as a wild and eerie winter takes its final dramatic spin.

The current high predicted for Thursday in Philadelphia is 64 degrees, just four degrees lower than the all-time high of 68 degrees set in 1976, according to AccuWeather. Records will be threatened across the region as the warm front challenges historic highs everywhere from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Boston.

In the greater Philadelphia area, the warm front will lead to a powerful storm front beginning Thursday. Rain is possible during the day, with gusty winds starting at around 10 miles per hour and creeping up to 30 miles per hour.

National Weather Service

By 8 p.m., gusts could reach 45 miles per hour, with sustained winds of around 20, and rain will be steady. An additional half inch of rain could fall in the evening, forecasters said. Rain will continue through Friday morning.

The historic heat will not last. Temperatures are expected to fall rapidly again, with lows in the 20s on Friday evening.

Here is the full forecast for the rest of the week:

Wednesday

Mainly sunny, with highs near 50. Wind south 5 to 15 mph.

Wednesday evening

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Wind south 5 to 10 mph.

Thusday

Mostly cloudy, with highs near 64. Windy, with south winds 10-15 mph increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could blow up to 30 mph.

thursday night

Showers, mainly after 8 p.m. Low around 55. Windy, with south winds 15 to 20 mph, gusting up to 45 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. Further precipitation amounts between a quarter and a half inch are possible.

Friday

Showers, mostly before 8am. High near 59. Wind northwest around 15 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter inch are possible.

Friday night

Clear, with a low around 25.

Saturday

Sunny, with a high near 45.

Saturday night

Clear overall, with a low around 21.

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