It was a strangely warm Saturday across Western Massachusetts.
High temperatures for this time of year are typically in the low 30s. But instead, highs reached the mid to upper 40s, and with a bright mix of sun and clouds, it felt like a different season entirely.
And while we will cool right back down on Sunday, New Year’s Day this year is expected to come close to historical records. Temperatures are forecast to reach the low 50s, which is normal for the Pioneer Valley in early November.
This is a sharp contrast from New Year’s Day last year, when temperatures plummeted to a bone-chilling 13 degrees below zero, a new record low. And high temperatures that day didn’t even make it into the teens.
And while many locals are rejoicing in the milder weather, others see the warmth in a different light. “Usually back in the days I would always expect snow around the 15th of November, and I haven’t been seeing that lately,” Darlene Allah from Worcester told 22News. “So it’s concerning.”
The official record high for New Year’s Day in Chicopee is 58 degrees set back in 1966, which is just a few degrees above the current forecast, and far from the teeth-chattering conditions last New Year’s Day.