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Young Man Winter: Warmer Temps Headed To Bergen, Passaic

Here, there, and nearly everywhere: Warmth.
Here, there, and nearly everywhere: Warmth. Photo Credit: NOAA

Ready for this? It's going to get even warmer in North Jersey this weekend.

You already swapped the autumnal duds for winter coverings -- now what?

Yes, we're seeing less of the sun with the winter solstice bearing down. But we're still feeling warmer than usual this time of year.

It's expected to break 60 degrees this weekend, when Christmas will be less than two weeks away.

And it's not just here: Atlanta, Raleigh, Nashville, Charleston and Miami are all checking the record books. It's the same across at least 60% of the U.S.

Unusual, for sure: Average daily temperatures have tied records for this time of year the past five or six weeks.

The daily average for November was nearly 53 degrees, more than five degrees above normal. The last time it was this warm in the 11th month was 11 years ago.

And December laughs. So far this month, the average daily temperature has been 6½ degrees above normal.

That doesn't mean that temperatures won't suddenly go south -- er, north .... Remember that stretch of frigid cold we had last winter? It followed an unusually warm autumn.

Right now, we're looking at near-50s Wednesday, up five more degrees the next two days. Sunday: Low 60s(!)

The National Weather Service says it should stay the same next Monday, which will put us near the halfway point of December on Tuesday with temperatures still in the 50s.

Nighttime, of course, will still be somewhat chilly -- high 30s to high 40s. But that's still way warmer than usual.

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