Dickinson set a new record Friday as temperatures hit 61 degrees in the early afternoon.
The official high broke the almost century-old record previously set in 1924, when the city saw a high of 54 degrees.
The area get this type of weather pattern “every now and then,” said Bismarck-based National Weather Service meteorologist Zack Hargrove, but “it’s definitely abnormal for this time of year.”
Hargrove said the unseasonably warm weather, which comes after weeks of what he calls a “strong cold push” in late November, is the result of a shift in the winds now that a high pressure ridge on the West Coast has flattened out. The cold air from Canada has been replaced with winds coming in from the south over the past few days, he said.
Temperatures are expected to fall back next week toward what the area usually sees this time of year, he said, with highs in the low-to-mid 30s starting Sunday.
“We have one more warm day (Saturday),” Hargrove said. “Enjoy it while it lasts.”