JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The sweaters and boots haven't been very useful this December, eh? The weather this past month has favored more beach trips rather than cozy nights by the fire.
According to the climate data collected at the Jacksonville International Airport, December 2021 will go down in the history books as the fourth warmest December on record for the city.
Let's take a look at the numbers.
JAX's average temperature for the month as of December 30 was 63.0F. That's 6.3F above the "normal" average temperature of 56.7F.
This ranks behind three other years with warmer average temperatures in Jacksonville, including 1931 (67.5F). 2015 (66.5F), and 1971 (64.3F).
Overall, the month was quite warm. Eight days featured high temperatures at or above 80F - with the warmest afternoon being December 11 with a high of 83F. All but three afternoons clocked in at or above our average daily high temperature.
There was one morning in the 30s - December 23 with a low of 36F.
This was a pattern change, to say the least after Jacksonville saw its seventh cold November on record this year!
Temperature records date back to 1871 in Jacksonville.
The Climate Prediction Center keeps the warm weather theme in the picture leading into the New Year. As of now, their three-month outlook features more above-average temperatures through March.
With that being said, it doesn't mean Jacksonville won't see a cold snap or two in the weeks or months ahead. Keep the jackets close by just in case!
You can check out all of this data for yourself on the local National Weather Service climate page.