SIOUX CITY | Some parts of Siouxland experienced record highs Monday as an extended stretch of warm weather looks to continue bringing above-average temperatures to the region through the beginning of December.
Temperatures in Sioux City topped out at an unseasonably warm 67 degrees Monday afternoon, 28 degrees above normal and just six degrees shy of a daily record. In Yankton, South Dakota, temperatures hit 74, breaking the 1998 record of 67 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls.
The warm weather came after what has been an extended stretch of temperatures uncommon to the late part of fall. Sioux City challenged daily records throughout Thanksgiving weekend, breaking a 1902 record of 62 degrees on Thursday, when the high reached 63, and tying a 1990 record on Friday when temperatures rose to 68 degrees.
Kerry Hanko, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, said the warmth won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
"It looks like it's going to stick around at least for the next seven days," she said.
Hanko said temperatures will continue to hover in the 50s and 40s into early December, well above the mid-30s temperatures that are common this time of year.
Conditions will also remain mostly dry, she said, with the next chance of precipitation coming around Monday.