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A warm day for warm hearts: Record high forecast for Thanksgiving Day

Copyright © 2017 Albuquerque Journal

Add a hike or a bike ride to your Thanksgiving Day plans this year, and dig out the shorts and T-shirts.

A record-breaking high temperature is forecast for the holiday this year, and the warm weather is likely to stick around into next week, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

A high of 68 is forecast for the Albuquerque International Sunport on Thursday, which would make it the warmest Thanksgiving Day on record, meteorologist Chuck Jones said.

The record high on a Thanksgiving Day was 67, set in 1949.

Clear skies and warm weather are expected into next week, Jones said.

“Overall, it’s dry and above normal,” he said.

Gabriel Zamudio, left, and Evan McAllister, both of Santa Fe, walk beside the Super Chief lift at Ski Santa Fe on Tuesday

Gabriel Zamudio, left, and Evan McAllister, both of Santa Fe, walk beside the Super Chief lift at Ski Santa Fe on Tuesday. Clear, warm weather is predicted into next week. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Highs are typically in the low 50s in late November. Average highs in Albuquerque are in the low 50s for late November.

A high of 63 is forecast for Albuqueque today, with a low of 39 tonight.

A high-pressure ridge strengthening in the West is expected to move slowly across New Mexico through the rest of the week, bringing rising temperatures and clear skies.

Highs near 70 and lows around 40 are predicted through Saturday.

A cold front is expected to move into New Mexico late Monday, bringing high temperatures down to the 50s by Wednesday, but little chance of rain is forecast, Jones said.

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