Wes: Keep a close watch on Wednesday for the possibility of severe weather

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Record warmth a possibility on Christmas Eve.

HOLIDAY hosts can stop deliberating over whether to serve a hot roast or cold cuts, or to dine inside or al fresco for Christmas. Those living in the eastern and central U.S. could experience “one of the warmest Christmas days of your lifetime” with record-breaking high temperatures in several areas in the southeast, the Weather Channel reported Sunday.

The Met Office has confirmed that the first half of the month has been the mildest in Wales for more than 50 years, but added that temperatures are likely to chill in the run up to Christmas Day. The mercury could hit close to 70 degrees on Christmas Eve in New York City, while parts of the Southeast will see digits in the lower 80s — and areas from Maine to the mid-Atlantic get temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees, according to AccuWeather. Thanks to warm air rising up from Africa and the Canary Islands, Britain has experience one of the mildest winters to date – putting to bed any hope of snow before the new year.

Weather this month seemed to herald a summer of extremes across Australia but in most states, heatwaves, storms, fire danger and floods look set to take a few days off over the holiday, bringing some much needed festive reprieve. Bookmakers had slashed odds on this December being the warmest on record but the expected fall in temperatures means December is unlikely to be a record-breaker.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service expect highs Thursday to hit 62 degrees here, which would narrowly eclipse the city’s record high for Christmas Eve of 61 degrees, which was set in 1996. South Australia has seen some relief from its record-breaking heatwave but temperatures are tipped to rise again, with a top of 37 degrees predicted for Christmas Day.

After sweating out a scorching pre-Christmas weekend and tossing and turning through the hottest December night in 15 years, Sydneysiders can look forward to a comfortably average Christmas Day. A clear day is expected for Friday with a cool change bringing temperatures down in the western third of the state in time for a post-Christmas feast nap.

Mild temperatures have been causing problems for plants and animals across Britain, with daffodils already blooming in some parts, and animals still being spotted out foraging at a time they would typically be hibernating. There will be a chance for showers on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but it will be all rain — not snow, according to Bill Simpson, a meteorologist at the weather service’s Taunton bureau. Following the widespread chaos caused by Storm Desmond – leaving many in the North West unable to celebrate Christmas at home this year – Wales remains on high flood alert throughout the rest of the festive period.

Long-range forecasters have said they expect the mild pattern to continue for at least the next few weeks, though there certainly will still be chances for cold and snow later in the season. Queensland BoM forecaster Rick Threlsall told news.com.au there was a moderate to high chance of that happening, and if the cyclone did strike the state’s north east could be in for a very wet Christmas. A spokesperson for the Met Office said localised flooding was likely between now and Christmas , with residents living in Tenby and the Lower Dee Valley particularly at risk.

Another front approaches on Wednesday, spreading rain and even some embedded thunder into WAVE Country as highs push into the upper 60s, potentially beating a record high of 67. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said it could cause further disruption in those areas that were affected by high rainfall over the weekend as well as the South Wales Valleys. From Boxing Day onwards the weather will remain unsettled, although it is expected to be dryer but with strong winds, and temperatures staying above average until January.

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