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ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — This could be the warmest year on record in the mountains of western North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that the average temperature this year is 61.5 degrees. The average temperature through mid-October is 57 degrees in the mountains of North Carolina.

John Tomko with the National Weather Service in Greer, S.C., says this year’s temperatures could break records set most recently in 1954.

January and February were about four degrees above normal, while March was a whopping nine degrees higher than average.

Tomko says the outlook for the rest of the year is for above normal temperatures. But October has been about one degree below average.

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