Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
In the past 140 years in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, the high temperature for mid-December has pushed into the 60s just five to 10 times.
This weekend will be one of those rare occasions.
After highs in the low 50s today and Saturday, a near record high of 62 degrees is expected on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
That’s just five degrees below the record high for Dec. 16, set on that date in 1984.
Typically this time of year, the mercury only makes it to 42 degrees with overnight lows in the upper 20s, said meteorologist Mike Kurz.
But a burst of warm air from the south Sunday combined with a high pressure system will have it feeling more like Easter than nearly Christmas.
The warm air will come with a bit of rain. There’s a 70 percent chance for precipitation starting by 1 p.m. Saturday and lasting through early next week.
By Monday, the warm snap will vanish, replaced by normal daytime temperatures in the upper 40s. Overnight lows will be in the 30s and upper 20s.