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Sunday and Monday temperatures make history

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MASSENA - Northern New Yorkers who had the day off Monday to observe Veterans Day were treated to a sunny, summer-like day.

Temperatures swung to a high of 70 degrees Sunday in Watertown, breaking a record set in 1969 and tied in 2002. Massena reached a high of 75 degrees Monday, breaking a record set in 1982.

Watertown also tied 1964’s record high temperature of 70 degrees Monday.

“The air is getting drawn up from the deep South,” Buffalo National Weather Service meteorologist James A. Mitchell said. “The normal high should be 49 degrees. That’s a 21-degree difference.”

However, there probably will not be any more Indian summer days for the remainder of the year.

“The temperature will drop like a rock later tonight,’ Mr. Mitchell said Monday. “You’ll wake up in the morning with temperatures in the mid-30s. It’ll be quite the shock.”

The temperature increase over the weekend was due to southern winds from the Gulf of Mexico. These winds will be pushed out of the way by a strong cold front coming from the West.

“This is typically when we start getting into our winter-like weather,” Mr. Mitchell said. “Our average daily highs are falling pretty rapidly now.”

He said no information had been sent from Lewis County independent observers by Tuesday afternoon.

While Massena’s temperature was five degrees above Watertown’s, St. Lawrence County has a slight chance of snow showers today. However, the weather is expected to be drier for the remainder of the week.

“The strong cold front should bring temperatures back to normal,” said Brooke O. Taber, National Weather Service meteorologist in Burlington, Vt.

This fall is already turning out to be cooler than in previous years.

“We’re below average for the month if you take away these past couple of days,” Mr. Mitchell said.

Last year, Watertown hit a record high of 71 degrees on Nov. 9 before being dusted with snow two days later. However, despite Mr. Mitchell’s prediction of a colder than average winter last year, December though September all recorded higher than average temperatures, combined with a major drought throughout the country.

Overall, Watertown is 4.1 degrees below average so far this month, Mr. Mitchell said. The daily highs are 5.7 degrees below average.

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