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INDIANAPOLIS–You’ll continue to see temperatures reach into the 50s during the holiday season.  

The National Weather Service says Wednesday will likely be the warmest Christmas Indianapolis has seen in 37 years. 

“Right now, our current forecast for Christmas day looks like a high of 55. Any snow that’s left on the ground will melt and be gone.  Maybe by the time we get to New Year’s, we might see a break in it and get back a little closer to normal, but we’re looking at 50s for the next several days,” says National Weather Service of Indianapolis Meteorologist Crystal Pettet. 

The same goes for the rest of the state too. Pettet says if the current forecast for Christmas Day holds, it will be the 11th warmest Christmas in the past 140 years.

But why is it getting warmer? 

“We’ve seen an upper ridge of high pressure that’s been building over the eastern U.S. and that’s bringing that warmer air. It’s coming up out of the Gulf. That’s bringing us a lot warmer temperatures than what we’ve had before that ridge was parked a little off to the west. We were in a storm track that we’re just not in right now,” Pettet said. 

She says this weather pattern will hold for another week or two. Pettet also says there will not be any snow or freezing rain in the immediate future. 

(PHOTO: National Weather Service of Indianapolis)