It has not felt much like the holiday season the last few days. If you're thinking it has been unusually warm, you are right! Our normal highs this time of year are in the low to mid 50s, so highs in the 60s are above what we average for mid-December.
This December "heat wave" will continue for the rest of the weekend and into early next week. In fact, we will come very close to record highs on Sunday. The records are 70 set in 2001 for Raleigh-Durham and 68 set in 1993 for Greensboro. 2006 may go in the record books tomorrow as we expect afternoon temperatures to reach near 70 in the Triangle and the upper 60s for the Triad.
Monday may even be warmer than Sunday with highs forecast to reach in the low 70s in some spots. However, we do not expect to set any records for Monday. Record highs for December 18 stand at 77 for Raleigh-Durham and 75 for Greensboro.
This warm weather can't last forever though. Afternoon temperatures should be closer to normal by the middle and end of the upcoming work week, and the warm weather shouldn't return for Christmas. As it stands now, Christmas day should bring near normal to below normal temperatures. We'll keep you posted.