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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011

PM Update: Notable New Year’s weekend warmth

The close of December will be much like the rest of the month, much warmer than average. That was the deal today with temps about 10 degrees above normal. And as we ring in the New Year, mild conditions hang around for a day before bitter Arctic air crashes the party on January 2.

Through Tonight: A weak disturbance zipping by may squeeze out a few showers after midnight (30-40% chance). Cloudy skies hold up the temps, with lows ranging from the low-to-mid 40s in the city to near 40 in the cooler suburbs. Winds are light from the south at 5 to 10 mph.

The weekend: Saturday starts off cloudy with a shower or two possible early. Between mid-morning and early afternoon, we should see more in the way of sunshine. This prods temperatures upwards into the mid-50s or so for highs.

No weather worries at all for New Year’s Eve night festivities. Skies are clear to partly cloudy with temperatures 40-45 when the clock strikes midnight. Morning lows range from the mid-30s in the cooler suburbs to the low 40s downtown.

Fantastic weather is in the offing for New Year’s Day. Winds (though sometimes a bit gusty, up to 20 mph or so) from the southwest ahead of the Arctic cold front deliver very mild air, with highs 55-60. Skies are partly to mostly sunny.

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Cyclone Thane pounds southern India: Packing winds of 75 mph (the same as a category 1 hurricane), Thane came ashore the coast of Tamil Nadu earlier today. The Times of India reports the storm has killed 35 people and left a trail of destruction in Cuddalore and Puducherry. It writes: ...several huts and small houses collapsed like a pack of cards, main arterial roads were damaged and uprooted trees and electric posts were strewn across streets and pavements.

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