February was warmest on record in Bellingham

Last month was the warmest February on record in Bellingham, according to official measurements by the National Weather Service.

The average temperature over the month at Bellingham International Airport was 47 degrees, which was warmer than the previous record of 46.3 degrees in February 1991.

Official records have been kept in Bellingham since 1949. The normal average temperature for February in Bellingham is 40.8 degrees.

February was the 12th consecutive month in Bellingham that was warmer than average. Last year, 2014, tied with 1958 for warmest year on record.

Normally, the temperature dips below freezing 12 times in February. This year, the month had five nights at or below 32 degrees. The coldest temperature last month was 28 degrees on Feb. 22, which was a record low for that day.

The warmest day last month was Feb. 8, which had a record high of 61 degrees.

Bellingham was drier than normal in February, getting 2.48 inches of rain. The average is 3.02 inches.

Western Washington probably will continue to be warmer and drier than average through May, according to the Weather Service Climate Prediction Center.