Extreme Warmth Shatters Records in the East

By By AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Mike Doll
December 24, 2013, 12:16:38 AM EST

While the Midwest dug out from heavy snow, ice brought down trees and power lines from Michigan to Maine, much of the East Coast experienced temperatures representative of September or May this past weekend.

Some locations tied or broke all-time high temperature records for the month of December, while some spots broke daily records that were more than a century old.

"Dozens of records melted this past weekend and morning temperatures in some places matched what is expected in early June," said AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

Records were either broken or tied this past weekend in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Atlanta, Ga.

New Record Highs Set This Past Weekend

New Record (Day)
Old Record
New York City
71 degrees (Sun)
63 in 1998
Hartford, Conn.
64 degrees (Sun)
59 in 1998
67 degrees (Sat)
66 in 1895
Washington, D.C.
72 degrees (Sat)
68 in 1923
71 degrees (Sun)
70 in 1889
Atlanta, Ga.
71 degrees (Sun)
70 in 1889
Jacksonville, Fla.
84 degrees (Sun)
82 in 1967
Norfolk, Va.
81 degrees (Sun)
76 in 1967

Highs were in the 70s and 80s from southern Virginia to Florida and in the 60s and 70s from southern New England to the mid-Atlantic.

On the other end of the spectrum, highs in the northern Plains on Sunday were below zero, creating a temperature difference of nearly 100 degrees across the Lower 48 states.


A colder pattern will set up for the East through the middle of this week.

Highs on Tuesday from the Carolinas to the Northeast will be at least 30 degrees colder than Sunday's highs.

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