Several Iowa cities tied or broke high temperature records on Tuesday with readings 25 to 30 degrees warmer than normal. The state’s hottest spot was Red Oak with 81 degrees.

Meteorologist Frank Boksa, at the National Weather Service, says Iowans can expect more of the same today and for the next several days. “We are going to be warm pretty much through the week,” Boksa says. “As the warm temperatures remain over the area, there’s expected to be more records falling.”

 Iowa cities that broke records on Tuesday include: Mason City with 69, Webster City with 72, Sioux City with 74 and Atlantic with 79. Des Moines tied its record high with 77. Boksa says the unseasonably warm weather is sticking around.

He says, “We’ll be under the influence of a ridge that’ll stay over the central portion of the United States through at least Friday, maybe even Saturday.” Much cooler weather is expected to wash back over the state by Tuesday, which is also the first day of Spring. Highs should be closer to normal in the 60s statewide.

By Pat Powers, KQWC, Webster City