Very warm weather and brilliant sunshine is in store for the 2012 Rose Parade.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators line the Rose Parade route each year to celebrate the new year, while many people across the U.S. watch the event on TV.
The parade will take place on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Pasadena, Calif., due to the Tournament of Roses' tradition of never having the event on a Sunday.
"It is a warm pattern setting up in the Southwest," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. High pressure building into the central Rockies will promote a dry, warm flow into Pasadena.
The warmth will be a treat for residents of Southern California attending the parade compared to the cool weather and especially chilly nights that have gripped the area for much of December.
The temperature should start out in the upper 60s at 8 a.m. PST, or 11 a.m. EST, and climb well into the 70s with the bright sunshine overhead.
The high on Monday is forecast to reach 81 degrees during the afternoon, nearly 15 degrees above normal for the date.
Light winds of 3-6 mph should not cause trouble for handling the elaborate flower-covered floats.
This weekend will be one of the busiest travel periods of the year across the country as millions people head home from Christmas travels.
A storm will bring bring the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South.
A winter storm affecting the United Kingdom will spread rain and disruptive snow to central Europe this weekend.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow to from parts of France and Germany to northern Greece and Bulgaria this weekend.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
While many bowl games will be played in warmer locales this year, there are others that will face cold and potentially wintry conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.
St. Cloud, MN (1996)
Record low of -34 degrees; old record of -29 was set in 1914.
Corpus Christi, TX (2004)
24 degrees: this broke the old daily record low of 26 set in 1983.
East Coast (1909)
Severe coastal storm - record high tides in New England. Dover, DE had 24" snow. Philadelphia, PA had 21" snow.