As the nation navigates a deadly outbreak in the Arctic that has brought sub-zero readings to the northern part of the country and a hard freeze not seen in several years in the south, freezing residents may be crying out for a break.
It looks like Mother Nature will oblige.
NOAA’s 8-14 day temperature forecast released Monday for the final days of 2022 shows a colossal pattern that will bring all of the lower 48 states out of the icebox and heat things up a bit.
Forecasters are very confident of above-average temperatures between December 28 and January 3 across much of the west, western plains and north-east, with slightly less confidence – but still a rather Hardy – for above average temperatures across the Southwest and extreme Southeast.
This doesn’t mean breaking the shorts, but it could mean, for example, high temperatures in the northern plains reaching near or above freezing, when average highs are in the 20s. other words, a welcome sight to see a ’25’ or ’30’ with no minus sign in front.
The Great Lakes region, fresh out of its blizzard this week, could bounce back into the 1940s and 1950s, with New England seeing highs rebound solidly into the 1950s.
Even Florida, which is expected to experience its coldest Christmas in over 30 years, will likely warm to temperatures closer to Florida than average in the upper 60s and 70s this time of year. Parts of Texas are also looking to go back to the 70s.
The 49th state will feel some heat — at least in the Alaskan Panhandle, where after temperatures flirted with zero this week, they’re expected to return to the 30s next week. Western Alaska is the only place in America expected to experience below average temperatures in 2023.
The NOAA precipitation forecast does not indicate that it will be “dry heat” as confidence leans toward an above average precipitation period, particularly in the northwest.