Forecasters are calling for temperatures in the mid-60s for Dec. 24. The record high in Boston for the holiday is 61, so anything above that would set a very un-snowy precedent, National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten told Metro.
“Christmas Eve is going to be the warmest day of the week,” Dunten said. “We have high confidence for record-breaking warmth.”
The forecast calls for a slight cool-down on Christmas Day, with temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Dec. 25 is less likely to be a record-breaker, Dunten said — on Boston’s warmest ever Christmas it was 65 degrees.
To blame for the temperatures at the moment is a high-pressure system, the same system that’s slated to pump out “a lot of snow” for states further west, she said.
“What happens in the west is the opposite of what happens here,” Dunten said.
It also looks like snow is still a longshot for snow before the new year, with the first flakes not projected until January or later.
The week is also shaping up to be soggy one, with a wet weather system gearing up to bring rain on Tuesday, then Wednesday into Thursday and clearing up by Friday, Dec. 25, Dunten said.
So while it may not be a white Christmas this year, at least it’s projected to be a dry one.