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Warm weather trend to continue in Sunnyside

Relatively balmy temperatures in the Sunnyside area during January should continue into February.

That's according to the National Weather Service's climate prediction center in Pendleton, Ore.

The month of February should see above normal temperatures and near to below normal precipitation, the weather service says.

Normal highs for Sunnyside during February are 47.6 degrees and normal lows are 28.4 degrees. The 30-year normal precipitation is 0.60 inches.

So just how balmy was Sunnyside's January?

The National Weather Service reported that the average temperature last month was 34.8 degrees, nearly three degrees above normal.

Sunnyside's average high temperature in January was 40.8 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal.

Even more notable was that Sunnyside's average low temperature last month was 28.8 degrees, 4.2 degrees above normal.

The highest temperature recorded last month was 53 degrees on Jan. 24, while the low was 20 degrees on Jan. 1.

Also on Jan. 1 the weather service reported the Sunnyside area received four inches of snow.

As it does every day, though, the National Weather Service's precipitation measurements for Jan. 1 were actually taken from 8 a.m. Dec. 31 to 8 a.m. Jan. 1. As a result, most of the snow actually fell on Dec. 31.

Speaking of precipitation, Sunnyside experienced a wet January as precipitation totaled 1.64 inches for the month, nearly twice as much as the city's normal of .86.

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