Record highs for first full day of winter

Columbia (WACH/NWS) -- Winter began on Saturday at 12:11 p.m. but for the first full day of winter it has felt more like spring.

Several cities either broke or tied record high temperatures on Sunday.

Columbia set a new record high of 80 degrees breaking the old record of 76, first set in 1970 and tied in 1990 and 2011.

At Bush Field in Augusta, GA a high temperature of 80 degrees was also reached breaking the previous record of 77 set in 2011.

At Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport they tied the record high of 70 which was first reached in 1970.

Temperatures are expected to fall during the day on Monday thanks to a cold front moving through the area.

By Christmas Eve and Christmas Day highs will remain below average in the lower 50s.

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