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Pittsburgh hits 74 degrees, tying record high

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KDKA-TV Evening Forecast (3/4) 04:10

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Pittsburgh hit 74 degrees on Monday, tying the record high temperature.

The record has stood since 1976 and was also tied in 1992.

The airmass in place isn't that warm or extreme for this time of the year. Everything else is working in our favor though. Dew points were in the mid-40s so our airmass isn't extremely moist. That along with mostly sunny skies helped to fuel highs easily in the 70s for most places in western Pennsylvania. 

Rain chances are set to return Tuesday afternoon, but temperatures will be just as warm if not warmer ahead of the rain. First Alert Meteorologist Ron Smiley has the highs on Tuesday hitting 73 degrees.  

It's dependent on when the rain arrives. If you are in Pittsburgh, you can expect rain to arrive after sundown. Some data does show afternoon storms though with the potential for hail. If this trend of bringing rain in faster continues, we may even see a severe weather chance for Tuesday afternoon. 

Tuesday's rain wraps up on Wednesday in the morning.  Rain totals of just around a half inch should be expected for the event overall. 


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We also will have rain chances on Friday through Saturday with snow showers expected on Sunday.

Each round of rain this week will bring our temperatures closer to the average for this time of the year. Behind Tuesday's rain we'll see highs in the low 60s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

We will see temperatures in the mid-40s for highs on Sunday. Cooler but seasonal air sticks around through Tuesday morning. 

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Don't forget that we spring ahead on Sunday morning, losing an hour of sleep as we see a return of Daylight Saving Time.  Sunsets will go from around 6:25 to 7:25.  Are you ready?

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