It was the opposite of a white Christmas for individuals in Southern Oklahoma this year. With a high of 71 degrees and clear, sunny skies, many enjoyed outdoor activities after unwrapping their gifts.

After 2 p.m., Ardmore’s Central Park was filled with parents and their children running around the playground, as well as individuals seizing the day to exercise. Some also took to Regional Park to go biking, walk their dogs and even get out on the lake with their boats and fishing rods.

National Weather Center Meteorologist Matthew Day said a high of 71 degrees on Christmas Day is “pretty well above normal” for the Ardmore area, with the high usually staying at about 52 degrees.

“Our record is 81 (degrees) set in 1955,” Day said. “So it has been warm in the past before, but it is definitely well above the normal temperatures for this time of year.”

The warm temperature marked a fairly stark contrast to previous Christmas Days in Southern Oklahoma over the last couple of years. In 2018, the high in the Ardmore area was 59 degrees and in 2017, the high was 42 degrees.

It wasn’t just Southern Oklahoma that experienced a spring-like Christmas, however. Temperatures across the state remained slightly warmer than usual, Day said.

“The weather pattern that we’re in has just set us up for warmer temperatures,” Day said. “It’s the state in general, right now we’ve got mid to upper 60s across the whole state.”

Temperatures are expected to cool down by the weekend, but the chance of seeing any snowfall remains low. On average, snowfall amounts remain at about 0.1 inches throughout the month of December in Southern Oklahoma, rarely exceeding 0.3 inches.

“We’re expecting a cold front to come through Saturday, which will bring us back down to normal temperatures— highs around the 50s,” Day said.