March temperatures in Columbia on pace for record warmth

Monday, March 26, 2012 | 3:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — March is breaking heat records this year, and the monthly average temperature through Sunday would make it the warmest March on record in Columbia since record-keeping began in 1890.

The average March temperature through Sunday was 57.8 degrees compared with an average monthly temperature of 43.5 degrees in other years, according to the National Weather Service.  The warmest March on record for Columbia was 56.0 degrees in 1946.

Highs in the 70s to near 80 were forecast for Columbia through the end of March, and the National Weather Service said temperatures are on track for a monthly average of 59.3 degrees.

"With well-above average temperatures forecast through the end of the month, these records look like they may hold," a statement from the National Weather Service office in St. Louis read.

Other cities with record warmth in March through Sunday included St. Louis at 59.8 degrees and Quincy at 55.1 degrees, according to weather service data.

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