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Monday temp hits 83 in Bellingham, sets third record this month

83 degrees in Bellingham!

Bellingham residents flock to Boulevard Park on Bellingham Bay during Monday's record breaking warm temperatures.
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Bellingham residents flock to Boulevard Park on Bellingham Bay during Monday's record breaking warm temperatures.

We’re only halfway through April, but it’s already been a sizzler.

Monday’s temperatures reached 83 degrees just before 4 p.m. in Bellingham, shattering the April 18 record of 74 degrees set in 1962.

By comparison, 2015 didn’t see temperatures that high until June 25, when the thermometer at Bellingham International Airport peaked at 83.

It’s the third time this month a high temperature has broken a record. Sunday’s high of 70 broke the record 69 high set in 1952 and matched in 1983, according to data from the National Weather Service. The high of 71 on April 7 broke the previous record of 68.

Tuesday’s temperatures could break the daily record for April 19. The forecast calls for a high of 76; the record is 73 from 2010.

Don’t put the long sleeves away just yet — the sunny weather isn’t expected to last much beyond Tuesday. Here’s the forecast through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service as of Monday afternoon:

▪ Wednesday: Partly sunny with a high around 67, 30 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m.

▪ Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a high around 61, 40 percent chance of showers.

▪ Friday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 60 and a chance of showers.

▪ Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 57 and a chance of showers.

▪ Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a high near 57 and a chance of showers.

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