December 22, 2015

A wet and very warm Christmas week
forecast for Outer Banks


Meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Newport/Morehead City, N.C., are promising us a warm but wet Christmas week for the Outer Banks.

The big story, forecasters say, will be the record-breaking warm temperatures over the region as a strong upper ridge over the Atlantic builds west toward the coast into the weekend.

A cold front approaching from the west today will bring rain before it dissipates just west of the area Wednesday. Today's 80 percent chance of rain will decrease to 60 percent tonight. The flow from the south will keep pumping moisture into the area, with rain likely, and even some thunderstorms, on Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Another front will approach from west on Thursday, becoming stationary along the North Carolina/Virginia border on Christmas Day. It will move north as a warm front over the weekend.

Chances for rain will diminish on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, though there's still a chance of showers.  However, record high temperatures are possible both days. High temperatures in the low 70s are forecast with overnight lows well above the expected high temperatures for this time of year.

Some of the record high temperatures at Cape Hatteras that might fall this week are:

  • On Wednesday, Dec. 23, 75 degrees, set in 1990
  • On Thursday, Dec. 24, 72, set in 1990.
  • On Friday, Dec. 25, 73 set in 1964.

Temperatures will continue mild into the weekend with a chance of showers returning by Monday.

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