Atlantic & other Iowa cities report record high temperatures Wednesday

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March 15th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Several Iowa cities have reported record high temperatures from the late-winter warm spell. In Atlantic, our high of 78 Wednesday, broke a record of 72 set in 1908. It was the second consecutive day of record high temperatures. Tuesday’s high of 79 in Atlantic broke a record set 2007.

Mason City’s high of 78 on Wednesday was 15 degrees higher than the March 14th record of 63 set in 1911. The 81-degree high in Des Moines broke the record of 75 set in 1977. Records say the average high for the date is 48.

Davenport reported a high of 78, beating the 1995 record of 77.  Record highs also were recorded in Waterloo and Ottumwa. Meteorologists expect daytime highs to remain in the 70s for most of Iowa through the weekend.