Unseasonably warm weather has made this a Christmas for the record books, pushing the temperature at Sacramento Executive Airport to an unprecedented 64 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
That broke the previous Christmas day high-mercury mark of 63 degrees, set in 1965, as a trend of clear and dry weather continued across the state.
The record high for downtown Sacramento on Christmas Day is 64 degrees, reached three times: 1892, 1955 and 1967.
While the weather downtown fell just short of that record on Wednesday, topping out at 63 degrees, that temperature still exceeds the historical average for the day, which is 51.8 degrees based on records dating back to 1877.
The warm-weather pattern is expected to continue in Sacramento through New Year’s Day, with high temperatures forecast to range from 61 degrees to 64 degrees during that span, according to the weather service.
Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.