FIRST ALERT: Drying out and warming up for Christmas

Published: Dec. 21, 2021 at 4:02 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2021 at 2:59 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Rain will end overnight and be followed by clearing skies and a dramatic warming trend for Christmas.

The area of low pressure responsible for Tuesday’s rain will gradually pull away from the region tonight. As a result, rain will slowly come to an end well after midnight.

Wednesday will start off with cloudy skies and a few areas of mist and drizzle near the beaches early in the day. As dry weather filters back into the region, skies will begin to clear. With more sunshine returning by the afternoon, temperatures will rebound back into the 50s.

Clearing skies and milder.
Clearing skies and milder.(WMBF)

A little shot of chilly weather arrives Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures on Wednesday night will drop to around freezing for inland areas with mid 30s along the Grand Strand. Areas of frost will be likely Thursday morning.

Thursday afternoon will be sunny and seasonably cool with afternoon temperatures in the lower 60s.

Fair skies and warm.
Fair skies and warm.(WMBF)

A major warming trend returns by the end of the week and through the Christmas holiday. Christmas Eve will see afternoon temperatures reach the lower to middle 60s. By Christmas Day, temperatures will climb into the upper 60s to near 70 with fair skies.

Mild weather will likely continue for most of next week to finish out 2021.

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