No sleigh rides through the snow in the region this Christmas.
New Jersey state climatologist Dave Robinson expects record high temperatures this Christmas Eve.
“Past records mostly set in 1990 around the New York metropolitan area were in the mid-60s and we’re quite likely to get above that, perhaps 5 or more degrees above that,” he said.
It’s uncertain whether Christmas Day will also be a record-breaker.
“Newark, for instance, got up to 69 on Christmas Day in 1964, 1964 in general being the warmest Christmas Day on record,” Robinsson said. “So we’re going to have a little difficult time breaking widespread records on Christmas Day.”
The jet stream has kept polar air out of the region for weeks, and this month will end up being the warmest December on record for the region.
Robinson anticipates some cold weather later this winter, but it’s hard to predict just when.
“I dare say there are going to be dips in the jet stream at some points during the winter that will bring us some cold,” he said. “Whether they’ll align the cold with some moisture that will give us some hefty snows, that remains to be seen.”