All of the contiguous 48 states had above normal temperatures for the period of September to November. (Credit: NOAA/ NCEI)
The U.S. recorded its warmest autumn since records began in 1895, NOAA reported Wednesday.
The meteorological autumn, which runs from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30, was the warmest on record in eight states including Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Another 14 states had their second-warmest autumn.
Florida had its fifth-warmest fall, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI).
Temperatures from September to November averaged 57.83 degrees, 1.05 degrees above the previous warmest autumn in 1963, according to Bob Henson at Weather Underground.
South Florida may be looking at more above normal temperatures — in the upper 70s and low 80s — into the third week of December, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says. After a brief cool-down this weekend, highs should rebound back into the 80s on Monday and Tuesday.
AccuWeather’s Christmas Day forecast is for a high in the mid-70s in South Florida and lows in the low 60s. New Year’s Eve’s long-range outlook calls for temps in the low 60s.
The cold Canadian air sweeping across the Midwest this week will drive low temperatures down into the teens by Thursday morning in Chicago, the National Weather Service said. Thursday’s forecast high in Chicago is 24 along with winds gusting up to 30 mph.
Lows in western Wisconsin and Minnesota are expected to be in the mid-teens.
Highs over the weekend will only be in the 30s in Boston, around 40 in New York and the 40s as far south as Atlanta.
The front is forecast to make it through South Florida, but temperatures won’t get much below average for this time of the year, the National Weather Service says. Hang on to your hat, though — winds may gust as high as 30 mph over the weekend.