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Meteorologist says temps to remain mild into next week

December 15, 2006|by ERIN JULIUS

Temperatures will remain mild into next week before gradually dropping, but more seasonable weather should arrive by Christmas, an AccuWeather meteorologist said Thursday.

Thursday's high temperature in Hagerstown was 57 degrees. The average for Dec. 14 is 43 degrees, meteorologist Josh Nagelberg said.

The first week of December was colder than average by about 10 degrees, Nagelberg said. But this week, the weather went from one extreme to the other as temperatures rose.

The mild weather is "unusual, but not unheard of," Nagelberg said.

Warmer weather, caused by higher pressure building, is expected for a stretch of about 10 days, Nagelberg said. Four or five more warm days are expected.

Warm winds are coming from the west and southwest, according to meteorologists with the National Weather Service.

No precipitation is expected this weekend, but there is a chance for rain Tuesday or Wednesday, Nagelberg said.

By the weekend before Christmas, the weather should be "more typical of the time of year," he said.

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For those wishing for a white Christmas, a "wintry mix" might be possible, Nagelberg said. Accumulating snow is possible before next weekend thanks to a storm brewing in the Southwest, he said.

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