There is growing confidence that the widespread warmth we’ve seen so far this December will also dominate much of Christmas week in the eastern half of the United States. The surge in temperatures across the Coastal Empire and Lowcountry is due to El Niño combining with a warmer weather pattern, which includes (Bermuda) high pressure in the Atlantic Ocean.
FORECAST: Although the current forecast is subject to small changes, models are showing temperatures 15-25° ABOVE NORMAL and not feeling like the holidays. Forget about snow chances. You might need the AC pumping opening presents as we rival and potentially beat our warmest Christmas morning ever. Lows are projected to be in the mid 60s. By the afternoon, with a mix of sun and clouds, highs will top out in the mid to upper 70s. 80° is possible for some locations. Rain chances at slim to none.
CHRISTMAS IN WEATHER HISTORY
WARMEST: 80° in 1984 and 2008. The warmest overall was in 1932 with a low of 65° and a high of 78°.
COLDEST: 10° in 1983. The high that year remained below freezing at 27°, our coldest Christmas overall.
WHITE CHRISTMAS: Thanks to several inches of snow from a storm system between December 22nd – December 24th, we woke up to a very rare White Christmas in 1989. Officially we had 2″ on the ground Christmas morning, then most / all snow melted during the afternoon.
– WSAV Meteorologist Matt Devitt