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50-Degree Temperatures Forecasted by Friday?!

This week ahead is predicted to be bizarrely warm for the middle of January.

Here at Patch WeatherWatch, we are finding it increasingly difficult to come up with unique ways to say "it's going to be surprisingy warm this week." Seems like we've been doing it for the past three months, if not longer (we still remember high-50s days back in February 2012.)

But this one has us completely by surprise. If you believe the forecasts, the mercury will rise a whopping 20 degrees above freezing by Friday, into the low 50s. It's not quite the 61 degrees recorded on Jan. 11, 1880, but it's yet one more day over the past fifteen months that has not been as cold as we'd expect.

Here's your weather:

Monday: Sunny and breezy during the day, partly cloudy at night. High 30s during the day, high 20s at night.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny during the day, mostly cloudy and breezy at night. Low 40s during the day, low 30s at night.

Wednesday: Partly sunny during the day, mostly clear at night. Mid 40s during the day, low 30s at night.

Thursday: Partly cloudy during the day, partly cloudy at night with a chance of rain. Mid 40s during the day, mid 40s at night.

Friday: Cloudy with a chance of rain through the day and into the night. Low 50s during the day, mid 40s at night.

Saturday: Cloudy with a chance of rain through the day and into the night. Low 50s during the day, high 20s at night.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy through the day and into the night. High 30s during the day, mid 20s at night. 

Ben January 07, 2013 at 10:04 AM
Readers might wonder if there's a larger story behind this trend. It would be cool if they could get the information (even just a mention with a link) right here on Patch: http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators Is the silence on the issue due to right wing pressure that tries to make mentioning scientific evidence on climate change somehow controversial? If people were getting shot by gangs in our neighborhood, it would be weird to report the shootings but to be silent about the gangs. So why the silence about what's behind the changes in the weather? Good information helps us solve our problems.
Ben January 08, 2013 at 07:12 PM
"2012 Was By Far the Hottest Year on Record for Most of the U.S." (headline in today's NYT, providing context for this Patch article) Full story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/science/earth/2012-was-hottest-year-ever-in-us.html?hp&gwh=269EDFB0657433F86646F6142479E654

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