In Odd Heat Wave, NYC Sets Weather Records

TRENTON, N.J. -
Scott Moser puts his boat in the Delaware River from the boat launch in Phillipsburg, N.J. as heavy fog surrounds the area on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)
Scott Moser puts his boat in the Delaware River from the boat launch in Phillipsburg, N.J. as heavy fog surrounds the area on Sunday. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)

New York City was among the major Northeast cities that continued to break temperature records during a brief December heat wave, which the National Weather Service says hit 71 degrees at Central Park on Sunday. That tops the previous mark of 63 degrees set in both 1949 and 1998.

Newark, N.J., reached 71 degrees and bested the previous high of 65 degrees set in 1998. Atlantic City reached 68 degrees on Sunday. That broke the previous mark of 65 degrees set in 1998. Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., both reached 67 degrees. That broke Philadelphia’s record of 64 degrees set in 1998 and bested Wilmington’s previous high of 64 degrees set in 1984 and 1998.

Ice-covered berries on Sunday hang from a tree in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Ice-covered berries on Sunday hang from a tree in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
A fawn and a dog examine each other through a window of an Amherst, N.Y. home, Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Charles Lewis)
A fawn and a dog examine each other through a window of an Amherst, N.Y. home, Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Charles Lewis)
The Lakewood lake is frozen over on Friday in Lakewood, N.J. (Aaron Housman)
The Lakewood lake is frozen over on Friday in Lakewood, N.J. (Aaron Housman)