According to meterologist John Homenuk, NYC is “averaging 5.2° F warmer than normal so far in December,” and this warm weather is expected to continue through the week with temperatures climbing 10-13° F warmer than normal through New Year’s Eve weekend.
Meterologists at New York Metro Weather are predicting the same, taking to Twitter to write “We are sitting underneath another layer of fog and humidity today, watching temperatures average nearly than 10° F warmer than normal for the third straight day.”
That’s to say we can likely kiss away any chances of seeing snowflakes before the year comes to an end, and rather look forward to approaching 700 consecutive days without 1″ of snowfall.
This unusually warm weather isn’t unique to NYC however. According to NWS meteorologist James Tomasini, the warm temperatures are the result of a pattern that seems to be blanketing much of the country.
And with climate data from The EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service showing 2023 to be the hottest year on record, this forecast doesn’t exactly surprise us.
Moreover, rather than snow we instead get to look forward to rain showers, which doesn’t come as a surprise to any of us New Yorkers who have had to deal with weekend after weekend of rain.
According to AccuWeather, drizzles are expected to begin tomorrow morning, Wednesday December 26th, with periods of rain in the afternoon and heavier rain at night, potentially leading to flooding.
The good news is, however, we will get to see some sun on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and there is a chance we’ll start 2024 off with some flurries.