With the AccuWeather forecast calling for McMinnville temperatures in the low 70s later this week, it will be one of the warmest Christmas Days on record.
The forecast calls for Christmas Eve temperatures in McMinnville of 71 and Christmas Day temperatures of 70 with a chance of rain both days.
It’s part of record-breaking warmth being enjoyed by many of the central and eastern states this week, continuing what has already been an unseasonably mild month. Several cities in the east will likely see their warmest Christmas Eve or Christmas Day on record, adding to the more than 2,600 daily record high temperatures that have been tied or broken across the lower 48 the first 20 days of the month.
This mild forecast means the prospect for a white Christmas is highly unlikely for most resident east of the Rockies.
Cloud cover will result in unbelievably balmy nighttime temperatures for Christmas carolers, party-goers and last-minute shoppers. Low temperatures could stay 15 to 35 degrees above average in some areas Wednesday through Christmas morning, according to The Weather Channel.
Here are just a few of the daily record highs within reach Wednesday through Christmas Day:
• How many record highs possible? Just over 85 of the 236 possible weather observing sites in the Lower 48 will be within three degrees of a daily record high for Dec. 23.
• Potential cities (current record in parentheses): Cleveland (61 degrees in 1933), Buffalo (59 degrees in 1957), Philadelphia (66 degrees in 1990), Houston (80 degrees in 1990), Orlando (85 degrees in 2011)
Christmas Eve (Thursday):
• How many record highs possible? More than 90 of the 236 possible weather observing sites in the Lower 48 will be within three degrees of a daily record high for Dec. 24.
Christmas Day (Friday):
• How many record highs possible? Nearly 60 of the 236 possible weather observing sites in the Lower 48 will be within three degrees of a daily record high for Dec. 25.
• Potential cities (current record in parentheses): Atlanta (72 degrees in 1987), Columbia, S.C. (79 degrees in 1955), New Orleans (79 degrees in 2008), New York City (64 degrees in 1982) | Providence, Rhode Island (63 degrees in 1964) | Tampa (83 degrees in 1984).