Record Highs Smashed Across The East Coast
At least 64 record high temperatures were set on Christmas Eve in another round of unusually mild winter temperatures across the Eastern third of the U.S. on Thursday.
New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Jackson, Mississippi were amongst the 64 different cities to break a record on Christmas Eve as an incredibly warm air mass brought temperatures into the 50s and 60s all the way up to the Canadian border, and 70s and even 80s reached into New England and the Mid-Atlantic.
Norfolk, Virginia (82°) and Albany, New York (72°) set their all-time warmest December temperatures on record on Christmas Eve as well.
Temperatures stay unseasonably mild across the region into Christmas Day and the weekend, but a gradual cooling trend gives way to rainfall for parts of the weekend and especially into early next week, with showers and thunderstorms possible.
The unseasonably steamy air contributed to Wednesday’s deadly tornado outbreak, where at least 14 people were killed by storms across the deep South. More severe storms are possible in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana this weekend due to the continued warm air mass.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi