Why is it 70 degrees in December?

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Temperatures Saturday afternoon Dec. 12
Temperatures Saturday afternoon Dec. 12

DURHAM (WTVD) -- The unseasonably warm weather is catching many people off guard as we head into the Christmas season.

The official high at RDU Saturday was 75 degrees, a whopping 21 degrees above the average high temperature of 54.

The mercury climbed even higher in Cumberland County. The Fayetteville Airport measured a temperature of 78 degrees shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Despite the warm temperatures, no records were broken today. The previous record of 79 was set at RDU in 2007.

Why the warm up? Don't blame global warming. A large area of high pressure is extending over the southeast, bringing us dry conditions, and southerly winds. Those winds are tapping into a much warmer air mass, which should linger through Monday.

A cold front will arrive on Monday, triggering rain by the end of the day. It will also deliver slightly cooler temperatures for the middle part of next week.

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