GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — After one of the warmest Christmases on record, the warmest Dec. 26 in Grand Rapids history occurred this morning.
The record set back in 2016 was a mild 53° showing these temperatures are not impossible in December. What was abnormal was when the record was broken today when 54° was recorded at 10:10 a.m. by the National Weather Service.
December records typically occur well into the afternoon or with a rainy system pulling in some mild temperatures. Neither of those occurred today.
At 10:10 AM, the temperature at Grand Rapids reached 54 degrees and set a record for the date.— NWS Grand Rapids (@NWSGrandRapids) December 26, 2019
The record will likely continue to grow into the afternoon by several more degrees. A few spots could hit 60° before all is said and done. Luckily for us, the warmth will come with little to no rain at all.
Enjoy the sunshine and mild temperatures because a cold front works through tonight. Temperatures will fall quickly and we will all wake up to 30s tomorrow morning. High temperatures on Friday and Saturday will only make it into the 40s. Accumulating snowfall will also return Monday and Tuesday.