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Tired of the Cold? There is Relief on the Way Next Week
Published: December 7, 2018
After shivering through one of the coldest Novembers on record, residents of the central and eastern United States should finally get some relief from the persistent cold next week.
The dominant weather pattern for the past month has come with a southward dip in the jet stream across the East and a northward bulge in the West. This has kept colder-than-average air locked in east of the Rockies.
There are signs this pattern could flip next week, with a northward bulge in the jet stream spreading into the central, then eastern U.S., allowing milder temperatures to return, at least briefly.
Portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest should experience an increase in temperatures early to mid-next week. The rest of the Midwest and the Northeast may have to wait until late next week for the milder air to arrive.
Farther south, the southern Plains will likely see milder conditions mid-next week while the Southeast will need to wait until late next week to see a break from the below-average temperatures.
(MORE: December Temperature Outlook)
Although temperatures will be near to above average from the northern Plains into the Midwest, temperatures will still be cool with highs mainly in the 30s. Highs in the 50s and 60s, however, are expected in parts of the central and southern Plains, while 70s will return closer to the Gulf Coast.
By late next week, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic can expect highs in the 30s and 40s.
The latest 6- to 10-day temperature outlook from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center suggests the best chance for above-average temperatures Dec. 12 to 16 is from the northern Plains to the Midwest.
6- to 10-Day Temperature Outlook
Some of the long-range forecast guidance hints this milder pattern in the central and eastern U.S. could persist into late December, though uncertainty on the warmth's staying power in the East and Southeast into the week before Christmas remains high.
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