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January in Bellingham was 10th warmest on record

The month of January was the 10th warmest on record, based on official measurements at Bellingham International Airport.

The overall average temperature in January was 42.5 degrees, or 3.3 degrees warmer than normal.

The warmest January in Bellingham was in 2010, when the average temperature was 45.3 degrees, National Weather Service meteorologist Johnny Burg said. Records have been kept at the airport since 1949.

January was wet, too, with 5.49 inches of rain at the airport — 0.82 inches above normal. That includes 2.22 inches in a 24-hour period on Jan. 4-5.

The warm weather continues a recent trend. Last year tied for the warmest on record, with an average thermometer reading of 52.4 degrees at the airport.

The Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts continued warmer-than-average temperatures in the Pacific Northwest for the next three months.

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