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NEW YORK — Christmas Day started out on a soggy note in the Big Apple, but skies did brighten a bit later in the day and temperatures made their way into the upper 40s and low 50s. It wasn’t as warm as last Christmas (61 degrees), but temperatures were a good 5 to 10 degrees above normal in most locations. It was also the second straight Christmas in which the five boroughs saw rain.

Look for skies to begin clearing out tonight as a cold front makes its way through the area. Partly sunny conditions are expected on Sunday, but we will also have some gusty winds to deal with. Winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible throughout the day, so hang on to those Santa hats if you still plan on wearing them.

As we make our way into the final week of 2021, you can expect temperatures to remain slightly above normal. Afternoon highs throughout the entire week are forecasted to be in the mid to upper 40s, and we may even see a few 50s as well. Be sure to keep the umbrellas handy though as we will have several chances for showers, and possibly even a few snowflakes. The early call for the Times Square Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve is partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the low 30s.