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Record-breaking warmth in forecast next few days
El Niño's cooler cousin La Niña will shake up our winter for the second year in a row. USA TODAY
High temps expected to be 10 to 17 degrees warmer than normal
FARMINGTON — Thanksgiving travelers are expected to have clear and abnormally warm weather in northwest New Mexico, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.
Meteorologist Clay Anderson said the temperatures will be warmer than normal over the next few days, and there will not be much wind.
High temperatures will range from 10 to 17 degrees warmer than normal while low temperatures will be eight to 12 degrees warmer than normal.
"It's an unusually warm stretch of weather we're heading toward here," Anderson said.
Wednesday's forecast calls for a high of 60 degrees, which Anderson said is 10 degrees warmer than normal.
He said the area likely will be flirting with record highs on Thanksgiving when the predicted high is 14 degrees warmer than normal temperatures for this time of year.
Anderson said much of the state likely will have record-breaking warmth on Friday.
He explained that the warm temperatures are caused by a high-pressure system in the south Pacific Ocean that is moving into the desert Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions.
Meteorologists anticipate there will be La Niña conditions this winter. Anderson said that generally means below-normal precipitation for New Mexico, but it is difficult to predict what the La Niña will mean this year.
Currently, he said the National Weather Service believes northern New Mexico will see near-normal precipitation this winter. Anderson said lower-elevation areas like Farmington may see less precipitation than higher-altitude areas.
Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.