Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
First a white Halloween and now a green Christmas.
Folks in southern Wisconsin can be forgiven for asking - what the Santa Claus is going on?
|Hart Moss of Milwaukee surfs in Lake Michigan at Bradford Beach Saturday. High temperatures equaled a record set in 1875 on Sunday and the forecast calls for more unseasonably warm weather this week. (Photo: Michael Sears, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
The mercury soared to 54 degrees on Sunday in Milwaukee, tying a daily record set during the Ulysses S. Grant presidency. Madison basked in a balmy 53 degrees, one degree shy of that same 1875 record.
With high temperatures forecast in the mid 40s most of this week and no precipitation until at least Friday night, it's guaranteed not to be a white Christmas in the metro Milwaukee area, or the rest of southern Wisconsin.
The unseasonably warm weather is courtesy of a high pressure system hovering above the state that's allowing air from the southwest to push into Wisconsin, said Aidan Kuroski, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
"There's a regular low pressure system in Canada and high pressure in the east. We're kind of getting some funneling of warmer air from the southwest," Kuroski said Sunday night.
Low temperatures will drop down to only around freezing on Monday and Tuesday while Christmas day it appears the low will be well above freezing, around 37.
The normal high and low temperatures in Milwaukee for this time of year are 31 and 18.
|A skeleton display is covered in snow in Cedarburg after a Halloween snowstorm moved across southeastern Wisconsin on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (Photo: Scott Ash/Now News Group)|