Jan 1, 2013 12:31 PM by John Patrick

2012 ties warmest ever; Chilly start to 2013

TUCSON - Near record breaking warmth in 2012 gives way to a cool start to the New Year.

Approaching mid December it looked like Tucson would set a new record for warmest year ever. According to Meteorologist John Patrick, a cold snap by Christmas brought our yearly average temperature down to 71.4 just enough to tie the record originally set in 1989. 71.4 is two degrees above normal for Tucson's average yearly temperature.

Despite the warmth in 2012 we're getting a cool start to the New Year. Tucson woke up to sub-freezing temperatures this morning and daytime highs will remain in the low 50s under mostly sunny skies.

Warmer temperatures are on the way with the 60s back in the forecast starting Thursday. High pressure builds into the Arizona by the first weekend of 2013 putting temperatures back into the mid 60s, right where they should be.

For a complete look into your True View 4 Forecast make sure to visit For a further breakdown of the 2012 climate report check out John Patrick's weather blog.


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