From the ABC 7 Weather team

Record challenging warmth to start winter

December 20, 2013 - 11:01 AM
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Astronomical winter kicks off just after noon on Saturday but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature!

Technically, the Winter Solstice occurs this Saturday at 12:11 p.m., but temperatures will be anything but winter like!

Highs across the region on the first day of astronomical winter will be more in line with late October or early April than late December. (Of note: temperatures have been running slightly below average for 12 of the past 19 days this month)


A big Bermuda high off the coast and a developing low across the south central US will funnel a strong southerly flow into the region through the weekend. This push of warm air will thrust temperatures well into the 60s Saturday and may even crest 70° on Sunday.

We will have an abundance of clouds that will make tying or beating the records close, but it definitely looks doable. Cooler, more seasonable air moves in behind a late Sunday cold front returning the region to more seasonable conditions, low to mid 40s, for Christmas.

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