Unseasonably warm weather sets records in December

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

In the rush for holiday shopping, decorating and dreaming of a White Christmas, many Metro Detroiters likely overlooked the setting of a new local record for warm temperatures Sunday.

Shortly after 2 p.m. the mercury at Detroit Metropolitan Airport rose to 62 degrees, two degrees higher than the warmest temperature ever noted for this date — 60 degrees — recorded in 1881, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Thompson.

"It's been a while since we were this warm in December," said Thompson of the 134-year record falling for December 13.

Sunday was the second day of record breaking temperatures.

Saturday’s high of 63 degrees at the airport in Romulus broke the Dec. 12 record of 61 from 1949. Pontiac and White Lake Township also set records Saturday.

Thompson said temperatures were expected to cool overnight but with a low-pressure system from the west coast, return temperatures to an unseasonable 61 degrees on Tuesday. The record high for Dec. 14 in Metro Detroit is 65 degrees, set in 1975.

"We could set another record (Tuesday)," said Thompson but noted temperatures were expected to gradually go down this week to upper 40s at night and by Thursday, return to normal mid-30 degrees with "possibly even a little snow."

Light rain showers were expected throughout this week, he said, accompanied by gentle breezes.


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