Christmas Eve temperatures broke records along the East Coast

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Christmas Eve Temperatures Broke Records Along the East Coast

It's official. It was the warmest Christmas Eve ever on record — at least for many cities on the East Coast. Meteorologists say a flow of warm air from the deep tropics caused the unseasonably high temperatures.

Last-minute shoppers in New York City were greeted with balmy temperatures. The high Thursday was 72 degrees. To put this in context, the average high temperature on Christmas Eve in the city is about 40 degrees.

SEE MORE: Cleanup begins from Southern US storms that left 14 dead

But on the other side of the country, snow has buried parts of the Northwest.

And the Southeast is recovering after unseasonable severe storms and tornadoes caused miles of damage, killing 14 and injuring dozens more.

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Christmas Eve temperatures broke records along the East Coast
A vehicle sits among debris near the home of Antonio Yzaguirre, 70, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, 69, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, near Linden, Tenn. The couple was found dead after severe storms went through the area Wednesday night. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
A vehicle sits among debris in an area near Linden, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Interim Sheriff Nick Weems of the Perry County Sheriff's Department looks over debris Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, near Linden, Tenn. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Vehicles and debris are scattered in an area near Linden, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Members of the Perry County Sheriff's Department look over the site where Antonio Yzaguirre, 70, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, 69, were found dead, near Linden, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Members of the Perry County Sheriff's Department look through debris that spread around the area where Antonio Yzaguirre, 70, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, 69, were found dead, near Linden, Tenn., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. Several people were killed in Mississippi, Tennessee and Arkansas as spring-like storms mixed with unseasonably warm weather spawned rare Christmastime tornadoes in the South. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Concrete blocks from the foundation of the home of Antonio Yzaguirre, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, show where the house once stood, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, after severe storms went through the area Wednesday night near Linden, Tenn. The couple was killed in the storm. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Perry County Deputy Sheriff Richie Weatherly looks through debris, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, near Linden, Tenn., where Antonio Yzaguirre, 70, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, 69, were found dead after severe storms went through the area Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Part of the foundation of the home of Antonio Yzaguirre, and his wife, Ann Yzaguirre, remains, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, after severe storms went through the area Wednesday night near Linden, Tenn. The couple was killed in the storm. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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