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After a mild week across much of the eastern U.S., record-breaking warmth will build through the end of the weekend.
Temperatures are forecast to climb to levels more typical of October.
For most of the East, high temperatures will range 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal for this time of year. Temperatures in some areas could climb to 30 degrees above normal this weekend.
“Areas across the East will have several days in a row of record or near-record warmth through Monday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
Some records that will be challenged have held since the 1800s.
Many locations from the Deep South to the Northeast set record-high temperatures on Saturday.
Some of the major cities that set a new record on Saturday include Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; Cape Girardeau, Joplin and St. Louis, Missouri; Detroit; Cape Hatteras, North Carolina; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio; Erie and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Springfield, Illinois; LaGuardia and Kennedy, New York; and Trenton and Atlantic City, New Jersey.
“For example, highs in the upper 60s to near 70 in Washington, D.C., on Sunday will come very close to the record high of 71 from 1889,” Pydynowski said.
Records will also be challenged across most of the East including Nashville; Detroit; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; Philadelphia; New York City and Buffalo, New York on Sunday.
"To put into perspective how mild it will be, overnight low temperatures will be higher than the average daytime high temperature for this time of year," AccuWeather Meteorologist Michael Doll said.
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Dry and sunny conditions will compliment the warmth for much of the East.
The only exception will be a few showers that will swing through New York and northern New England on Sunday; showers will be brief and light.
Holiday shoppers should have no issues with any weather-related delays on the roadways when heading out to the local malls or markets this weekend.
The weather will cooperate for the NFL football games on Sunday. Fans could leave jackets in the closet both days as partial sunshine and warmth are expected.
While warmth is in store through the weekend, a storm that is forecast to bring flooding, severe weather and snow to the central United States will arrive in the East on Monday with drenching rain.
“This front is expected to sweep through the region late on Monday, bringing lower temperatures for Tuesday. Many areas [across the East], however, will still be rather mild and above normal for this time of year,” Pydynowski said.
The lack of any winterlike chill across the East has not been uncommon for the past couple of months. The month of November was one of the warmest months on record for many Eastern cities. This unseasonably warm pattern has continued right through the beginning of December and is forecast to hold through Christmas.
This is in contrast to last November and December when blasts of arctic air were common across the Midwest and East.
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