(WVVA) Bluefield and Beckley set new record high temperatures on Sunday at 74°. Several other reporting stations were even warmer Sunday afternoon. This makes the fourth day straight that Bluefield has set a new record high at the Mercer County Airport.
By the middle of December, the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, VA stated that Bluefield had already experienced the warmest December on record. Official records at Bluefield date back to 1959.
A large ridge in the upper levels is causing above normal temperatures in the eastern United States. High temperatures across our area have generally been 20° to 30° above normal. Sunday's record high of 74° in Bluefield was 31° above the normal high of 43°. Pineville, WV experienced an afternoon high of 78°
Temperatures will cool some on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, but highs will still be in the 50s. A few spots will be close to 60°. Daytime high temperatures will still be running 10° to 20° above normal values.
Across the western US, cold and snowy conditions have been experienced as a deep trough in the upper levels digs in. This week, the ridge across the eastern US will begin to break down and a broad trough will start to dig in. Colder temperatures will move into our area toward the end of the week. A few upslope snow showers and flurries are possible Thursday night and Friday.
Bluefield – NEW Record High Temperatures
Thursday December 24th – 67°
Friday December 25th – 66°
Saturday December 26th – 64°
Sunday December 27th – 74°
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