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Lexington’s record-setting warm weather may not last much longer

Saturday’s balmy weather set a record for Lexington, and the same could happen on Sunday.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said Saturday’s high of 70 degrees broke the record of 68 degrees set Dec. 12, 1873. In contrast, the record low for Dec. 12 in Lexington is minus 5 degrees.

But that doesn’t mean temperatures in the 70s are all that unusual in December — it last happened Dec. 22, 2013, when the temperature reached 71.

“It isn’t like it’s unprecedented by any means,” Bailey said.

Sunday should be right around the record of 70 degrees set Dec. 13, 1927.

“We should at least tie it, if not break it,” he said.

Enjoy the warmth while it lasts.

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Bailey said the weather will turn much colder, with temperatures next Saturday possibly not rising above freezing.

He said it’s still too early to tell what Christmas will bring, but he said the warmest Christmas Day on record was in 1982, when it was 70 degrees. The record low for Dec. 25 was set the following year, when it was minus 9 degrees.

“We can get some big extremes in December,” Bailey said.

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In fact, he said this year so far has reminded him of the winter of 1984, when there were four straight days of record highs in the 70s in December and a high of 67 degrees on New Year’s Day, followed by six weeks of temperatures that did not rise above 37 degrees. In late January, Bailey said it was minus 20 degrees.

“December means nothing for the rest of winter,” he said. “I’m thinking that before this winter’s over we will have at least a pretty significant period of winter weather.”