Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 3, 2012

Warm weather expected to continue for several days

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD —  So this is December? Temperatures are expected to climb once again today into the mid-to-upper 60s.

It’s the fifth day that the Mercer County Airport has recorded a 60-degree reading for the Bluefield area. And the above average temperatures are expected to continue well into next week.

“You definitely can’t complain with it being the first week of December,” Chris Fisher, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va., said. “We should be 49 degrees for this time of the year. So we are running a good 15 to 20 degrees above normal for this time of year.”

Fisher said a high of about 68 degrees is expected today for the Bluefield area. The record for today is 74 degrees, which was set back in 1982. Temperatures will moderate slightly on Wednesday and Thursday with readings in the low 50s before climbing close to 60 again by the end of the week.

Fisher said long-term models show the above-average temperatures continuing well into the second week of December.