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A Wind Advisory was issued by NOAA for coastal Whatcom County means winds up to 35mph or more creates white caps on Bellingham Bay, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.
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A Wind Advisory was issued by NOAA for coastal Whatcom County means winds up to 35mph or more creates white caps on Bellingham Bay, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018.

Warm weather that’s been making winter in Western Washington feel more like spring set a temperature record Wednesday as the mercury topped 63 degrees in Bellingham.

According to National Weather Service readings at Bellingham International Airport, the temperature was 62 degrees at 2:24 p.m., which broke the previous high for Jan. 17, a mark of 59 set in 1977.

That’s only 3 degrees lower than the highest temperature ever recorded in Bellingham in January – when thermometers notched 65 degrees on Jan. 22, 1981, and Jan.11, 2010.

High temperatures in Bellingham have been in the 50s for the past several days, but Wednesday was the first temperature record.

Temperature around Whatcom County rose quickly Wednesday as a warm front rolled through, bringing gusty winds and light rain.

Cooler temperatures are forecast Thursday, with breezy conditions, showers and a high around 48.

This weekend’s forecast calls for cloudy skies and showers daily through Sunday, with highs in the mid-40s.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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