By Laura Hayden
The temperature hit 68 degrees on Saturday January 11 at Bradley International Airport, breaking a record high of 60 for the date reached in 1983. The chickens at the community garden and coop at Noden Reed Park in Windsor Locks enjoyed the balmy afternoon as much as people strolling through the area. (The coop is winterized to make sure the water feeders do not freeze during more typical winter weather.)
The springlike reprieve continued through the next day, Sunday, January 12, when the temperature reached 70 degrees. This tied a 70-degree reading on January 14, 1932 as the second warmest January reading on record. Visitors at Volunteer Park in East Windsor went about their afternoons without jackets.