PITTSBURGH (AP) – If you think it’s been a cold February in Pittsburgh, you’re right – near-record cold, in fact.

The National Weather Service says the city is on track for the second-coldest February since record-keeping began in 1871.

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Meteorologist Rihaan Gangat said Saturday that the temperature averaged about 18.6 degrees for the first 27 days of February.

That is just over the 18-degree average recorded in 1979, the coldest February in recorded Pittsburgh history.

The next coldest February occurred in 1963, with an average temperature of 19.3 degrees.

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Gangat said the 10 degrees below zero recorded on Feb. 20 was the coldest-ever temperature this late in the season – and it minus-9 four days later.

But there hasn’t been record snowfall, only 37 inches so far – about 4.2 inches above average.

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