Golf courses, parks and bike paths were as busy as shopping centers and stores Sunday as spring-like weather drew people outside in droves.
David Cousins, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Davenport, said the unseasonably warm weather “does continue through the middle of the week, and then the latter half of the week will be down to normal temperatures again for this time of the year.”
Winds have been out of the south, drawing warmer air northward, Cousins said, and the jet stream has been farther north than it usually is this time of year.
The cold air has been bottled up north during late November and early December. “It’s quite a bit colder up there than it has been down here,” he said.
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The high Sunday was 59 at the Quad-City International Airport in Moline. Although it’s warm, it’s not a record for Dec. 2: That was set at 65 in 1982.
Cousins said temperatures will be even warmer today, with near-record highs in the upper 60s (the record for Dec. 3 was set at 69 in 1970). Tonight, lows will be in the upper 30s.
Tuesday’s high should be in the middle 50s, and Wednesday the high will be in the middle 40s, with highs in the upper 40s Thursday, Cousins said.