Raleigh Report

Raleigh breaks holiday warmth records

The last time Raleigh was this warm at Christmas, electric trolleys were still rolling down city streets.

Temperatures reached a record high 76 degrees Fahrenheit in the Capital City on Thursday, according to Liz Horton, a meteorologist with ABC11.

The unseasonable warmth topped the previous record high of 75 degrees for Dec. 24, which was set in 1931, Horton said.

Raleigh’s low for the day, 66, also set a record, she said. Except for 1891, temperatures on Dec. 24 have always fallen lower than 59 degrees at some point in the day.

But not Thursday.

“We have a big, big air mass coming in from Mexico that’s bringing in warmer air ... making us muggy and warm,” she said.

The Christmas high of 75, set in 1955, could fall too, Horton said.

Except for 1932, temperatures on Dec. 25 have always dipped below 63 at some point in the day. This Christmas, the WTVD weather team predicts temperatures will remain above 66.

And the warmth won’t let up anytime soon, Horton said. Temperatures will likely remain in the 70s through Sunday and stay in the 60s until 2016, she said. It also is likely to remain cloudy until then.

“We’ll likely have to wait until New Year’s Day to see cooler weather and some sunshine,” she said.

Paul A. Specht: 919-829-4870, @AndySpecht