That broken the maximum temperature record for the day of 59 degrees at Bradley, set both in 1996 and 1990.
This was the warmest Christmas on record in New York City, when a temperature of 66 degrees was measured shortly after midnight at Central Park, the National Weather Service said.
Warmth stats: December’s temperatures are still running about 11 degrees above normal in Syracuse as of Wednesday.
I am in New York City on Christmas Eve and it is 64 degrees outside.
Environment Canada is calling for “a quiet, mild Christmas Day” with a 30 percent chance of showers early in the morning, clearing by the afternoon, with a high of 7.
El Niño, an irregularly occurring weather event in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, is transferring heat stored in the water west to east across the United States while helping deter colder Arctic air, according to Bob Oravec, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service. Philadelphia has hit 70 degrees for the fourth time this December, the most times ever recorded.
The Christmas warm-up follows a month of record-setting temperatures in November.
Air flowing up the East Coast straight from the deep tropics is obliterating warm weather records at scores of weather stations. This air mass is bringing jacket-free weather to areas that are normally preparing for a white Christmas this time of year. For December, average temperatures just over 50 degrees are about 12 degrees above normal. And that’s in addition to the unseasonably warm weather.
She attributed the warmth to a jet stream keeping cooler temperatures in Canada.
By Sunday will see a break from the rain before another system grazes us later Monday sending a cold rain across the area that evening before changing to some snow.