2013 slightly warmer than normal so far

January 5, 2013

After a year that was Washington’s warmest on record, and after a month that was one of the warmest Decembers, the first few days of this year have not plunged from any meteorological cliff.

While setting no records, the first five days of January have been warmer than normal. Through late Saturday, the average temperature for 2013, as measured at Reagan National Airport, was about a degree above normal.

Saturday’s high of 46 was three degrees above the normal high for Jan. 5. The morning low was 31, which is below freezing but two degrees above the normal low. The average was three degrees above normal.

December 2012 was the sixth-warmest December here, at 5.7 degrees above normal. Of all the days so far in 2013, New Year’s Day best adhered to that trend. Its average temperature of 42 degrees was six degrees above normal. But it was well below the 49­-degree average for the day that started 2012, the warmest year on record here by 1.3 degrees.

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