Christmas Week Weather Forecast: 70° F and Sunny, Santa Swaps Sleigh for Surfboard

By Jesse Sokolow on 21 December 2015
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Although the weather outside is frightful in many parts of the country, a preview of spring is just around the corner for the Eastern United States.

Forecasters are calling for one of the warmest Christmas holiday seasons in years. The National Weather Service said a high pressure warm front will bring significantly higher than normal temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast for the coming week. Most areas in the northeast and mid-Atlantic United States will see temperatures in the mid to high 60s F (roughly 20° C) and some regions will see record-breaking temperatures 70° F (21° C) or higher on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

A high of 69° F (20.5° C) is being predicted for Christmas Eve in New York City while Atlanta will likely see 75° F (24° C).

In other parts of the country, things don’t look quite as rosy. A series of storms will disrupt travel in the Pacific Northwest with heavy snowfall in mountainous regions as well as locally heavy rain and strong winds in the rest of the region. Tree damage and power outages are expected in coastal communities from Oregon to Washington. Other cities expected to see storm activity at some point in the coming week include Chicago, Memphis, New Orleans, and Miami.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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