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The count: The low temperature on Fat Tuesday, which broke the old record of 69 degrees 


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Photo By Alex Woodward

Source: National Weather Service New Orleans.

New orleans just experienced its warmest february on record, and the temperatures on Mardi Gras were no exception. The low was 71 degrees, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) — which made it perfect for Carnivalgoers.

  It was the third-warmest winter of all time in the city, with the mean average temperature for the month being 61.3 degrees. Only the winters of 1949-1950 (62.3 degrees) and 1956-1957 (61.6 degrees) were warmer, according to data going back to 1947.

  Just as New Orleans has, the Gulf of Mexico has remained abnormally warm this winter, with temperatures running 2 to 7 degrees above normal, the NWS says.

  March 6-10 is the NWS' Severe Weather Awareness Week in Louisiana — and, of course, the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1.

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