BY MICHAEL KELLY
CAPITAL REGION — Practices for high school spring sports teams started Monday.
Who’d a thunk it?
Most years, area baseball and softball squads — and their spring peers — are forced indoors to gymnasiums to practice during their opening weeks. Last year, many teams struggled to consistently get outdoors until early-to-mid April in what was a particularly rough start to the spring sports season.
This year? Well, after warmer-than-normal days to start this week, Wednesday saw the area smash its previous record high for this time of year — 68 degrees in 2000 — with a mark of 81. The region also set a new record for the earliest 80+ degree day, according to the National Weather Service in Albany. The previous record was March 16, 1990.
Brian Frugis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany, said high temperatures are expected to drop from Wednesday’s scorching mark, but should remain in the 50s.
“For at least the next week to 10 days, we’re going to see above-normal temperatures,” he said.