Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 | 2 a.m.
There's no worry about your drink freezing up for tonight's New Year's Eve toasts if you're out on the town in Las Vegas.
"Midnight temps should be around 45 degrees if your plans take you out to brave the elements and humanoids," says Kevin Janison, KSNV-TV meteorologist.
That's about 15 degrees warmer than it was at midnight on New Year's Eve last year, when temperatures plummeted below the freezing mark and dropped off to a morning low of 27 by daybreak on Jan. 1.
This morning's low temperatures begin around 42 degrees, with a warm-up throughout the day, Janison said.
"A deck of overnight clouds will give way to plenty of New Year’s Eve Day sunshine across Southern Nevada," he said. The afternoon high mark should hit 64 degrees, aided by the sunshine, he said.
High pressure will build in from the Pacific, clearing this afternoon's skies and also developing a northerly breeze, he said.
"In town, we’ll see afternoon winds blow 5 to 15 mph with a few stronger gusts," he said.
The winds should begin to relax by mid-evening, but mild breezes will persist into the late night hours, he said.
"We’re not expecting them to hinder the fireworks at all," he said.
Relatively warm weather will continue on New Year’s Day, which will bring an afternoon high of 63 degrees, he said. Then a string of relatively warm afternoons in the low 60s will continue through Thursday, he said.
The National Weather Service predicts this morning’s low at McCarran International Airport will be 41 degrees. The normal low for today's date is 38 degrees. The record low was 18 degrees, set in 1990.
Temperatures at McCarran were to rise today to 49 degrees by 9 a.m., to 61 degrees by noon and reach a high of 65 degrees by 2 p.m., forecasters said. The normal high for today's date is 56 degrees and the record high was 74 degrees, set in 1995.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 55 degrees by 6 p.m., to 48 degrees by 9 p.m. and to 44 degrees by midnight, NWS forecasters said.
Sunday's morning low will be 39 degrees and Sunday's high will climb to 64 degrees, they said.