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Wet, windy, record-warm Christmas Eve on tap for Windsor

12/24/2014 08:05 EST | Updated 02/23/2015 05:59 EST
Santa may want to consider wearing shorts and a raincoat for his trip into southern Ontario on Christmas Eve.

Record-warm temperatures could be in store for Dec. 24.

There's no chance of snow and Environment Canada's Geoff Coulson predicts a high of 13 C.

"A real mild one in store for Windsor and southwestern Ontario," said Coulson. "In fact, if we do reach 13 degrees Celsius, it'll be a record for the warmest Christmas [Eve] on record. The warmest was 12 [degrees] in 1982."

The official record high is 12.6 C in 1982.

And, forget the chance of a snowstorm. Coulson said there could be thunderstorms on Christmas Eve. 

That could be good news for travellers, since the roads aren't expected to be too messy. 

Wind, not snow, is the weather risk this Christmas Eve.

According to Environment Canada, there's a wind warning in effect for the Windsor, Chatham-Kent, Rondeau Park, Leamington and Essex County areas. 

Periods of rain, patchy fog, a few thunderstorms and very mild temperatures are expected Wednesday. 

Winds of 60 km/h, gusting to 90 km/h, are likely in many open areas. Some gusts near 100 km/h are also possible for regions bordering the northeastern shore of Lake Erie.

"It's actually a really big storm system," Coulson said. "There's one sitting over Iowa and will be replaced by one from the American Deep South."

The warm streak won't last, however, as more seasonable temperatures will return by the end of the week. 

According to Environment Canada, the record high of 16.2 C set on Christmas Day in 1982 isn't in jeopardy.

The high expected on Christmas Day this year is 4 C.

Just for fun, you can check Environment Canada's website to see what the weather was like on your very first Christmas.

Correction : A previous version of this story said a record high was predicted for Christmas Day. A record high is predicted for Christmas Eve.(Dec 24, 2014 9:15 AM)

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