KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A more than 100-year-old record high temperature was broken Friday in Knoxville.
McGhee Tyson Airport hit 77 degrees just before 2 p.m. The old record, set in the year 1890, was 76. The average temperature this time of year is 55 in Knoxville according to WATE 6 On Your Side Chief Meteorologist Matt Hinkin.
“Just about 2 p.m. this afternoon, Knoxville temperatures reached 77 degrees, the warmest it’s been in 120 years. Enjoy it while it lasts because we’re going to go below freezing Sunday morning,” said Hinkin.
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Hinkin said a lot of people are asking if it is really February. He said there were 80 degree temperatures in the February before the blizzard of 1993.
“That’s not a forecast, but winter’s not over yet,” he said.
The warmest temperature recorded in Knoxville for the month of February is 83, which was set on two different dates: February 23, 1996, and February 26, 1977.