Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 | 4:43 p.m.
The mercury didn’t reach a record for a second-consecutive day, but the 78-degree high measured today at McCarran International Airport was the third-warmest Presidents Day ever in Las Vegas.
The National Weather Service said the only warmer Presidents Day were in 1977 and 1995, when the temperature hit 80 and 79 degrees, respectively. The normal high for Presidents Day in Las Vegas is 63 degrees.
Today marked the second day in a row of unseasonably warm temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley. Sunday’s high reading of 81 was a record-breaker for the date; the previous record high on Feb. 16 was 79 in 1996.
The warm weather is expected to continue at least through Tuesday and Wednesday, with forecast highs in the low 70s. Gusty winds and cooler temperatures are expected by midweek as a cold front moves through the region. The high Thursday is expected to top out at 63.