(10:00AM - 12/26/21) A brief recap of the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, Dec 24-25th brief shot of record warm temperatures that affected the state and region.
The combination of a trough and storm system moving from the Western US into the Plains/Midwest/Canada, and a ridge in place across the Southeastern US, brought a brief shot of highly anomalous and record warm temperatures to the state and region on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Christmas Eve - Christmas Day, Fri-Sat Dec 24-25th...
High temperatures across the state on Christmas Eve (Fri, Dec 24th) made it well into the 50's and 60's, with some locations across Western and Southern Illinois having topped out around 70. Several locations across the state tied or broke record high temperatures for the date of Dec 24th.
A storm system moved across the state on Christmas Day (Sat, Dec 25th), ushering in cooler temperatures across the northern half of the state. However, the southern half of the state continued to see mild to warm temperatures, with high temperatures into the 60's and 70's. Several locations across the southern half of the state tied or broke record high temperatures for the date of Dec 25th.
Below is a list of broken or tied records for select cities across the state during this period.