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Top Five Places in the U.S. For New Year’s Eve and Their Forecasts

31 Dec 2014, 4:17 pm

happy new year!

The New Year is nearly upon us and millions of Americans will be celebrating in cities around the country. Some will enjoy nice, mild weather; while others will be braving cold and blustery conditions.

Here are forecasts for the top five places to celebrate the New Year:

#5 – Atlanta, Ga.

The “Peach Drop” at Underground Atlanta – located in the downtown area – is one of the largest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Southeast. The festivities draw more than 100,000 people to watch the giant peach drop.

So what’s it going to be like this evening? Temperatures will be in the low 40s around 7 pm and should drop into the mid to low 30s by the time midnight rolls around.

No precipitation is expected, but some cloud cover will be in place through the overnight hours and into the afternoon on New Year’s Day. Afternoon highs should top out in the low 50s to start 12015.

#4 – New Orleans, La.

Oh New Orleans, home to some of the craziest celebrations on Earth (i.e. Mardi Gras and Decadence). And if you’ve ever been down to the French Quarter on a normal, it’s still rowdy and festive. Expect that to make for a fun New Year’s Eve celebration in the Crescent City, but will the weather cooperate?

Here’s what to expect: Rain chances will be low – less than 10 percent – but some cloud cover will begin to roll in through the overnight hours. Expect temperatures to be in the mid-40s for the stroke of midnight and overnight lows will bottom out in the low 40s.

Afternoon highs will top out in the mid 50s and rain chances will be on the rise.

#3 – Miami, Fla.

Miami’s South Beach will be the place to be, as thousands will be roaming the streets in shorts and a t-shirt to ring in 2015. Of all the places we’ve profiled for this article, Miami will have the nicest weather.

Expect a chance for a few isolated showers and LOW 70s around midnight. The first day of 2015 looks awesome as well, with partly cloudy skies and highs near 80.

#2 – Las Vegas, Nev.

Sin City! Normally people think of the desert regions in the Southwest as hot, year-round. But it can get quite cold. And this year, Old Man Winter may be putting a damper on the bright lights of the Las Vegas strip.

A strong system is passing by the area and could fire off a few brief snow showers prior to midnight. Temperatures will be chilly, falling into the mid-to-low 30s by midnight.

It looks like a cold start to 2015 as well. Afternoon highs tomorrow will only top out in the upper 30s and lower 40s.

#1 – New York, N.Y.

The grandaddy of all New Year’s Eve celebrations goes to New York City. The Times Square celebration is broadcast across the world and nearly one million people are on-hand to cheer the ball drop in person.

And past celebrations have been impacted by brutal cold and snow. What’s it look like for this year?

Here’s the latest:

Temperatures will be chilly, in the mid to upper 20s, winds could make it feel like it’s in the teens. Mostly clear shies are on tap as well. New Year’s Day will be chilly, only topping out in the upper 30s, but abundant sunshine will make it feel warmer.

Have a happy and safe New Year’s Eve.

Meteorologist Alan Raymond

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