After a thankful day of record-setting high temperatures across western and central North Dakota, mild weather is expected to follow next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Bismarck had the warmest Thanksgiving ever. The high on Thursday reached 74 degrees, shattering the previous record of 62 degrees set on Nov. 23, 2011. The warmest Thanksgiving was reported in 2002 and was also 62 degrees.

The abnormal warm temperatures in the state were caused by a broad, high pressure pattern in the western United States, particularly southwestern, which also saw higher-than-normal temperatures on Thanksgiving, according to Alex Edwards, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Dickinson, Williston, Minot and Jamestown also reached record-setting temperatures on Thursday, according to NWS.

Next week, forecasters are predicting a week of mild temperatures, with highs reaching the upper 30s and lower 40s. This will continue the trend of higher-than-normal temperatures. The average high temperatures for that time of the year range from the lows 30s to upper 20s. 

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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