Dec 7, 2011 at 10:24 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Minnesota's unseasonably mild winter so far led to a record-breaking day for thousand of St. Cloud residents out enjoying a day off from work or school following Sunday's Christmas Day celebrations.
The mercury hit a high of 49 degrees around 3 p.m. Monday at St. Cloud Regional Airport, making it the warmest Dec. 26 in St. Cloud in at least 100 years, according to the National Weather Service.
The previous record for the date was a 48 degree high set back in 1905, St. Cloud State meteorologist Bob Weisman said.
"A very, very mild day (Monday) and also three straight days in the 40s. The last time we had that from the 20th of December on was in 1994," Weisman said.
St. Cloud wasn't the only location in the state to log record-breaking highs less than a week before the start of 2012. Readings at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport reached 52 degrees Monday.
That was also the warmest Dec. 26 for the Twin Cities since a 51-degree mark back in 1936.
As for the New Year's Eve holiday on Saturday night, Weisman said partyers can plan for continuing mild conditions for ringing in the year.
"We have a chance Wednesday night and Friday night, but given the fact that I expect high temperatures on Saturday to climb back into the 40s, even if we get a dusting to an inch, it won't last very long," Weisman said.
Temp: 46°F (8°C)
Wind: 7mph W