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Albuquerque enjoys a record-breaking warm spell


 Victoria, Cecil and Samuel Davis enjoy a picnic lunch at the North Domingo Baca Park in Northeast Albuquerque on Thursday as the city set a new record high of 76 degrees, breaking the old record from 1915 of 72 degrees. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal) 

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Only a week remains until Thanksgiving, but New Mexico is experiencing unseasonably high temperatures.

On Wednesday, the high of 71 degrees at the Albuquerque Sunport squeaked past the previous record high for that day of 70 degrees, set in 1949.

Then, Albuquerque hit another record Thursday. The thermometer topped out at 76 degrees, breaking the previous record of 72 degrees set in 1915.

Tucumcari, Portales, Raton, Gallup and Farmington also set new record high temperatures this week.

Todd Shoemake, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Albuquerque, said temperatures across the state this week are 15 to 20 degrees above normal for mid-November.

Friday will be another warm day in Albuquerque, with a high of 71 degrees. But temperatures will drop this weekend.

“Friday we are expecting a plateau in the temperatures,” Shoemake said. “But it’s still going to be well above average in many places, with lots of 70s to 80s showing up on the map for central and eastern New Mexico.”

Albuquerque is forecast to have a high temperature of 64 degrees on Saturday, falling slightly to 58 on Sunday and Monday.

Rain chances will remain low across the state this weekend. The eastern plains could see wind gusts of up to 35 mph.

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