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Central Park hits record-breaking high temperature

Posted at 1:12 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 14:54:08-05

MANHATTAN — The temperature in Central Park Wednesday afternoon broke a 16-year-old record and continued to climb, according to the National Weather Service.

The previous record was set in 2000 when temperatures in the iconic green space hit 69 degrees, according to the NWS.

As of 2 p.m., the mercury there hit 77 degrees, the agency said.

Records fells across the region, from New Jersey to Long Island.

In Islip, another record set in 2000 was broken — with that city hitting 64 degrees. A record high temperature of 75 degrees was set a LaGuardia Airport, tying the record of 75 degrees set in 2000.

In New Jersey, temperatures reached 78 degrees in Pomona, tying the set record in 2000.

There’s a chance these record-breaking highs could climb even higher. A final report will be made at 5 p.m. Wednesday.