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Massena temperatures reach 81 Monday, equal record

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MASSENA - With winter seemingly in the rear view mirror - at least for a few days - and most schools on spring break this week, Massena residents bolted for the outdoors Monday afternoon on a day when a 46-year-old temperature record was tied.

At approximately 1:30 p.m., an 81 degree temperature reading was recorded by the National Weather Service, equalling the record for April 14 set in 1968.

“We had a bunch of 80 degree readings across the county. A lot of them were in the mid to upper 70s,” National Weather Service meteorologist Conor Lahiff said.

Both Odgensburg and Potsdam reached 82 degrees yesterday, leading the way for the north country.

Parks and playgrounds were popular destinations for kite flying and ice cream consuming alike yesterday for those who were relieved that warm temperatures had finally reached their area.

“We actually planned this (day) yesterday. We found out it was going to be in the high 70s and low 80s and said ‘Yeah we’re definitely going to get some stuff done today,’” Chasity Greene said. “We had the kids, I got out of work and we’ve been on the go all day.”

“I love the winter, but this is nice here. It’s a good ending to the day,” Stephen Dennis said. “There’s always one more storm coming though.”

Mr. Lahiff noted that despite Monday’s scorcher the temperatures over the next two days should drop considerably.

“Tuesday) the cold front will be going across Western New York and at around 8 a.m. we will be in the 40s and possibly the 50s. Then when we get into Tuesday night it will be in the teens. Wednesday will probably be in the mid to upper 30s,” he said. “The 50s are normal for this time of year so once we get past Tuesday and Wednesday it will be back to normal for the weekend. With the cold front that will come through, it will rain all the way through most of the day until around midnight or so. We’re looking at about an inch of rain of so.”

While satisfied with the nice weather, some Massena residents were wary of how long it may last.

“We find stuff to do (during the winter), but the cold does tend to keep a lot of people inside,” Josh Goulart said.

“I like all seasons, but I prefer the spring, summer and fall. I like to go to baseball games, take the dog for a walk and jog and exercise,” Dave Barnum said. “I think we might get a little bit more (snow) though. I wouldn’t get too excited too soon but enjoy it while it’s here.”

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