We’re dreaming of a white Christmas, especially after this scorching weekend.
While the rest of the country freezes and The Weather Channel predicts even more snow to fall up north this weekend, Bradenton’s weekend weather grazed previous record highs for the 17th and 18th of December.
Saturday hit 82 degrees and Sunday shot up to 84 degrees, according to The Weather Channel.
But the heat wave continued into Monday, when the high reached 83 degrees, just shy of the Dec. 19 record of 84 degrees set in 1967. The day’s low will get to 67 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The average high in December is 73 degrees and the record high for the month was set on New Year’s Eve in 1973, when it rose to 89 degrees. Two days later, January 2, 1974 got its long-standing record high at 89 degrees.
Showers were expected to cool things off Monday evening and into Tuesday, with patchy fog moving in after 3 a.m. Tuesday is predicted to see patchy fog before 7 a.m.
The rest of the week should be partly sunny with highs in the mid-70s and the lows in the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service.
Herald staff writer Sara Nealeigh contributed to this report.