At a Glance
Last Christmas had well above average temperatures in parts of the Midwest and South.
It will be more than 20 or even 30 degrees colder in some cities this Christmas.
The weather pattern this year on Christmas Day will be the complete opposite from a year ago in parts of the Midwest and South, and that means you’ll need to bundle up.
A year ago on Christmas, high temperatures hit the upper 50s and lower 60s as far north as Iowa, Illinois, southern Wisconsin, southern Michigan and Ohio. Many parts of the South were able to break out t-shirts with afternoon readings in the upper 60s and 70s. In some cities, those high temperatures were 20 or more degrees above average.
Record-breaking warmth even occurred in a few Midwest cities. Des Moines, Iowa (60 degrees), Louisville, Kentucky (69 degrees), and Wichita, Kansas (68 degrees) were a few of the locations that set new daily record highs for Dec. 25