ITHACA, N.Y. — After “record-breaking” heat Sunday and Monday in Ithaca, a cold front is expected to move through the area.
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The high temperature Monday was 64 degrees at 2:56 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. The previous record high on December 14, Accuweather.com says, was 59 degrees set in 1975. But Cornell’s Northeast Regional Climate Center says the record high is 64 degrees, which was set in 1901.
Sunday also appears to have been a record breaker with a high temperature of 62 degrees around 2:56 p.m., according to the weather service. The previous record was 59 degrees in 1979, according to Cornell’s data, though the highest temperature clocked by the university Sunday was 56 degrees.
The National Weather Service says they do not keep track of historical temperature data in Ithaca, but said slight variances in records and weather recording exist based on where and how a temperature is taken — with factors such as altitude playig a major role in weather recording.
Either way you slice it though, some days for the past week have been 10 degrees above normal for this time of year. The average high temperature in December is 36 degrees, The Weather Channel says.
The abnormally high temperatures begin to change tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Tompkins and several surrounding counties beginning late Monday afternoon.
They’re reporting that a cold front will move through the area with heavy downpours and gusty winds.
According to The Weather Channel, there will be a 100 percent chance of rain beginning about 5 p.m. and petering out into the early Tuesday morning hours. There should be little to no rain around 8 a.m.
The National Weather Service is reporting that high temperatures will begin dropping a little more every day this week, with a 30 percent chance for snow Thursday night.
At least the warm temperatures were fun while they lasted, folks.
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