What December? October-Like Warmth to Bask Most of Country
Following an active Thanksgiving weekend for much of the continental United States, a nearly opposite pattern will keep most of the U.S. basking in unseasonably warm temperatures for the better part of the week.
From New York City to Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado and just about everywhere in between, sunshine and temperatures from 5° to 15° above normal are expected to grip a strong hold over the majority of the country this week thanks to a persistent ridge of high pressure. Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s in New York City for the week, 60s in Atlanta and Denver, well above seasonable averages.
A record high temperature was recorded in International Falls, Minnesota on Sunday afternoon of 45° (average high: 23°). While record-breaking heat isn’t expected to be widespread, some records could be broken this week.
The notable exception will be the Northwest, where a series of potent storms will continue to batter Washington, Oregon, Idaho and central and northern California with coastal rain and mountain snow. The pattern keeps the Northwest active but the rest of the country dry through the remainder of the week.
Signs are that by the end of the week and into next weekend, a shift will come in the form of a big trough of low pressure moving into the Rocky Mountains, which will eventually push east and moderate temperatures by next weekend and into early next weekend. In the meantime, much of the country will enjoy above average temperatures.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi