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    Very Warm and Sunny for the 2012 Rose Parade

    By By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
    January 03, 2012, 1:51:13 AM EST

    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.

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