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Warm weather to stay through the week

Christopher Dornblaser
505-5436/@YDDornblaser
  • Weather officials say the warm weather from the weekend is expected to last through the week.
  • Temperatures will be in the 60s this weekend, then 50s Monday and Tuesday, then back to 60s throughout the week.
  • The temperatures are expected to cool down by next weekend.

Yorkers enjoying this weekend's weather can expect to see it the majority of the week as temperatures approach record highs, according to weather officials.

At noon Saturday, it was 65 degrees, according to Aaron Tyburski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College. He said temperatures should only drop about 10 degrees early in the week before warming up later.

Christina VanVorst, of West York, reads a book while her children play on a beautiful afternoon at Cousler Park Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Manchester Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

“The warm weather will continue pretty much through all of next week,” Tyburski said.

Temperatures: Tyburski said a strong high-pressure system over the mid-Atlantic states is bringing warmer air up from the South, which is bringing these temperatures to York County.

He said any fronts that come through will only drop high temperatures into the mid-50s, which is still about 10 degrees above the average high of 45 degrees for this time of year.

He said temperatures will likely approach record-breaking throughout the week.

He also said Monday and Tuesday could see some showers.

Both Tom Kines, meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, and Tyburski said that come next weekend, temperatures should be closer to what's typical for this time of year.

“Looks like we get a little cooldown Saturday," Tyburski said.

Nick Ross, left, of Spring Grove, and Shawn Baker, of West York, cruise around Cousler Park on their RipStik Casterboards Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Manchester Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

Enjoying temperatures: On Saturday afternoon, Cousler Park, in Manchester Township, was packed with people.

Christina VanVorst, of West York, was sitting outside the playground reading a book as her children, 8-year-old Lila and 7-year-old Luke, played.

"I'm very blessed," she said of the weather.

VanVorst said she was at home with her children when they suggested going to the park. She said they come to the park pretty frequently when it is nice out, but Saturday was out of the ordinary.

"The parking lot was so full we had to go into the overflow parking," she said.

VanVorst said she was thrilled with the weather and that she wished more warmer days would pop up in the winter to break things up a little.

"I so don't want it to end," she said.

Not far from VanVorst was Darryl Hudson, of Springettsbury Township, and Dejay Moore, of Dover.

While the weather was certainly a factor in why they were there, they said a big reason why they decided to come out was because of "Pokemon Go," the cellphone game that allows people to catch Pokemon on their phone depending on their location.

Moore said it's been cold, so it was good to have Saturday's weather.

"I was like, the weather's nice, I can walk today," Moore said.

"It's always good to walk," Hudson said.

Dejay Moore, left, of Dover Township, and Darryl Hudson, of Springettsbury Township, play "Pokemon Go" on a beautiful afternoon at Cousler Park Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, in Manchester Township. Amanda J. Cain photo

Don't count winter out just yet: Both Tyburski and Kines said Saturday that even though the temperatures expected this upcoming week are unusual, it's too early to count out winter just yet.

Tyburski said it's not too uncommon for snow to fall in March. He said that last March, York had 12 inches of snowfall.

“We’re still well from being anywhere where we’d expect this to be typical,” he said.

Tyburski called this week a "false spring" and added that there is still a month left in winter.

Kines said he thinks the worst of winter has passed, but he said it is too early to say it isn't going to snow again.

"If it would happen, typically it doesn't last very long," he said.

Kines said chilly weather is expected to come later this month.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.