New York City saw record-high temperatures during the first official weekend of winter. Credit: Getty Images
New York City saw record-high temperatures during the first official weekend of winter.
Sunday, temperatures climbed to 71 in Central Park around midday, shattering the 1998 record of 63 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature was also highest seen Dec. 8 to 31 since 1871.
The previous record for that period was 70 degrees, observed Dec. 10, 1946, and Dec. 29, 1984.
Saturday was the first official day of winter, but temperatures in the park reached 62 degrees, tying the record set in 1923 and 2011.
Temperatures are predicted to drop to a high of 56 degrees Monday and a high of 37 degrees Tuesday. Rain is expected Monday and Tuesday has a chance of rain and snow showers.
Christmas is expected to be sunny with a high of 29 degrees.