Forecast: After Chilly Weekend, Unseasonably Warm Weather Returns

The cold weather of the weekend is now over, and it’s back to the unseasonably warm pattern of the month so far. Although you might have found it chilly, temperatures were still slightly above the 30 year average this weekend.

You likely noticed the winds were especially blustery Saturday, and we have a return of the wind today. The difference is now our winds will be coming from a warm weather direction. This means highs once again in the 50s, and they will be going even higher as the week progresses. Temperatures peak on Christmas Even when the record of 61 in Boston, set in 1996, is likely broken. The map below shows which cities and towns are likely going to set new records on Christmas Eve.

Possible Records Christmas Eve Credit:Weatherbell Analytics
Possible records to be set on Christmas Eve (Courtesy Weatherbell Analytics)

It will turn less warm for Christmas and the upcoming weekend, but still very much unseasonably mild.  There is a full moon Christmas for the first time since 1977. You won’t see it rise Thursday, because it will be cloudy. However, you should see it set early Christmas morning before sunrise. It will rise again Christmas night.

Showers are in the forecast several times this week, but the steadiest and heaviest showers are on Wednesday and Wednesday evening, the commute Wednesday evening and perhaps Thursday morning are the two most impacted ones this week.

Sunshine returns for Christmas Day and although highs will be 8 to 10 degrees cooler than the record of 65, it will still feel more like Easter, not Christmas.

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Today: Breezy and milder with lots of clouds. Highs in the lower 50s.

Tonight: Breezy and continued unseasonably mild. It may shower. Lows in the 40s.

Tuesday: Lots of clouds, a quick shower. Highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday: Showers in the afternoon, but some morning sunshine. Highs around 50.

Thursday: Lots of clouds with near record December warmth. Highs in the upper 60s.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.

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