CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- High temperatures in the 60s and 70s Sunday afternoon across Illinois have set new records for several cities.
Strong southerly gusts, up to 50 mph, have brought the warm air to town breaking one record dating back to 1895. Champaign barely broke the 121-year-old record by one degree climbing to a high of 66 degrees.
Springfield was one of the warmest spots hitting 70 degrees. The previous record was 68, set back in 1972. This day will also go in the record books for Lincoln where highs hit 68 degrees. This was the warmest Feb. 28 for Lincoln since 1926.
StormCenter17 Meteorologist Adam Del Rosso says February is expected to finish with 14 out of 29 days with above average high temperatures. Overall, he says the month is only expected to finish within a degree or two of average thanks to colder weather earlier in the month.