Super Bowl Parade: Weather forecast for Eagles victory parade in Philly

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Hey Eagles’ fans: If you’re heading to the big Super Bowl victory parade in downtown Philadelphia on Thursday, don’t let the sunshine fool you.

Weather forecasters say the sun will be flickering in the sky throughout the day, but that will mask the frigid February air, with temperatures hovering in the low 30s and a steady breeze making it feel like it is 10 degrees colder. 

Some friendly advice from meteorologist Lance Franck at the National Weather Service: “Bundle up, and bring some shades.”

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Franck also said parade-goers will need to be on the lookout for patches of ice on their way to the big celebration, which is expected to draw more than 2 million people. Temperatures are forecast to drop down to the mid-20s Wednesday night, so wet roads and pools of water remaining from the sloppy winter storm could freeze overnight.

Although Franck said strong winds Wednesday night may evaporate some of the standing water, and the sun on Thursday will also help, that might not be the case in shady areas. “There could be some freezing on pavement,” the meteorologist said.

Now, for some details on Thursday’s weather forecast for Philadelphia:

Morning forecast

Early parade-goers will have to bundle up against cold temperatures around 26 degrees at 7 a.m., 27 degrees at 8 a.m. and 28 degrees at 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. A steady breeze will make it feel as cold as 14 to 19 degrees.

Afternoon forecast

When the victory parade kicks off at 11 a.m., the temperature in Philly is expected to be hovering around 30 degrees, and it should rise to the freezing mark or slightly above 32 degrees by noon.

However, with a steady northwesterly breeze of 10 mph, “there’s going to be a little bit of a wind chill,” Franck noted. The temperature could feel as cold as the upper teens in the late morning and the low 20s in the early afternoon.

Philly weather stats

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded in Philadelphia on Feb. 8 was 2 degrees below zero, back in 1934, according to climate data from the National Weather Service. 
  • The city’s warmest temperature on Feb. 8 was 66 degrees, in 2017. (Too bad the parade wasn’t one year earlier!)
  • Philly’s normal high on Feb. 8 is 42 degrees, and its normal low is 27 degrees. 
  • The forecast high is 33, and the forecast low is 25. (Keep in mind, the coldest temperature of the day will be in the early morning, not during the parade.) 

Len Melisurgo may be reached at LMelisurgo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @LensReality or like him on Facebook. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

2018-02-07 22:15:40

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