This Christmas Expected To Be Warmest For Most Of US

This Christmas Expected To Be Warmest For Most Of US
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This year, a major shift from the usual weather pattern is expected for Christmas Day.


With the months of June until November being the hottest in recorded history, this week is set to deliver the warmest Christmas Eve for most of the country. Gizmodo shows a few maps that exhibit the change in the weather pattern.

The departure from normal temperatures – giving way to a split in the weather pattern – came about after a jet stream traveled northwards because of warm ocean temperatures. This has resulted in the West coast witnessing cold weather, while the East will experience sultry heat.

As reported by, “At least 90 of the 236 weather-observing sites in the Lower 48 states will be within three degrees of a daily record high for December 24.” Record breaking temperatures are expected to be experienced in cities like Boston, New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, Raleigh, Tampa, Cleveland, Houston, and Orlando.

Some of these cities will have temperatures as much as 30 degrees higher than normal. What’s even more surprising is that the low temperatures may be higher than the record-high. In Boston, the forecast is expected to hit 67 degrees – six degrees more than the record-high.

For New York City, the departure from the normal temperature is even more dramatic. Its expected low of 59 degrees will be more than the record high of 56 degrees the city experienced on the Christmas Day of 1988.

And if that didn’t seem unusual, here’s another one: the temperature for New York City expected this year on Christmas Day (72, 73 degrees) is set to come almost at par with what is experienced on the 4th of July (high of 75 degrees). A few other cities are set to have Christmas that will be warmer than the 4th of July.

The unstable weather has resulted in tornadoes and storms that have damaged homes and property in Mississippi, with another 10 states being issued a tornado watch and warning.