Calgary could hit 16°C Tuesday, significantly above seasonal

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While many Calgarians have been decking the halls for weeks, the weather isn’t making it look like Christmas at all.

And, as CityNews meterologist Michael Kuss explains, the next 24 hours may feel closer to summer.

“Normal is around zero for highs, -12°C for lows and we’re not even getting temperatures in the overnights below freezing,” he said.

It has been a mild December so far, with temperatures hovering slightly above zero.

“This year it’s been more warm, and just a couple of cool days,” Kuss said, adding that Tuesday’s forecast is way above seasonal.

“Early summer day anyway — I wouldn’t be shocked by upper teens,” he explained.

Calgary is expected to reach a high of 16°C Tuesday, but Kuss says it’s the book ends that will keep things interesting, with some of that pesky white stuff following close behind.

“Looking longer range, we will get some colder air coming in at the end of the and the potential for snow in the city,” he said.

The city is expecting some moisture on Wednesday in the form of rain and a flurry mix, and then some snow on Thursday.

But Kuss says, that too, will be short-lived.

In the meantime, select Calgary golf courses are still open for business, and it will be t-shirt weather on the greens tomorrow.

Tee times are still available for Maple Ridge and Shaganappi.

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