From the ABC 7 Weather team

The extremes of New Year’s Eve & Day

December 31, 2011 - 09:36 AM
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While we’re basking in above average temperatures on this New Year’s Eve, both this day and New Year’s Day can bring quite an array of weather to the District.

Temperatures in the 50s before Noon with sunshine…. Many of us are wondering what season it is and where winter has been hiding. Well, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day often bring quite a range of weather to the D.C. Region. Here’s a breakdown of the extremes:

New Year’s Eve:
Record High:70/1965 
Record Low: -13/1880 (this is also the coldest temperature ever reported at Reagan National for the month of December)
Record Snow: 4.9 inches in 1970

New Year’s Day:
Record High: 71/1916
Record Low:-14/1881 (Record coldest temperature for January and one degree shy of the all-time record low temperature of -15 on February 11, 1899)
Record Snow: 4.5 inches in 1899

High temperatures both today and New Year’s Day will climb within 15 degrees of record highs before a brief shot of more seasonable temperatures arrives early next week just in time for the start of the second month of Meteorological Winter.

Have a fun and safe New Year’s celebration!


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