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Weather experts say 2012 was hottest year ever in Wisconsin


MADISON (WSAU)  Wisconsin is on a pace to have its hottest year on record. That may not be a surprise, considering the warm spring and fall we had, plus the extreme heat in June and July.

But you might be surprised to know that the mild weather could make a comeback in December. National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Gehring says a low-pressure system is expected to pull warm southerly winds across the Badger State by Saturday – and at least some places may get back into the 50’s. That could melt some of the heavy snow in far northern Wisconsin – where up to 15 inches fell between Thanksgiving and yesterday.

Meanwhile southern Wisconsin has not had a snow-flake yet, and they may not get one for a while. The Climate Prediction Center calls for above-normal temperatures and above-normal rainfall in the south during the next 8-to-14 days. But it’s still too early to predict whether southern Wisconsin will get a White Christmas.

Through Saturday Milwaukee’s average temperature for the year is 54-degrees, and Madison’s average temperature is 53-point-eight. At the current rate, both cities will set new records for their warmest annual temperatures. The present marks were set in 1931.