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Update: Dec. 23, 2013 at 8:53 a.m.
Original: Dec. 21, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — After the first weekend of winter brought balmy temperatures to the D.C. region, rain and colder air are blowing into the area Monday.

Rain will be heavy at times throughout Monday morning before tapering off west to east in the afternoon. Locations east of Interstate-95 and points south of the District could see rain into the evening hours, according to Meteorologist Howard Bernstein.


Colder air will move in Monday night, with temperatures dropping into the mid 30s.

An isolated rain or snow shower is possible Tuesday. Christmas Day will be sunny but cold, with a high of 37.

Over the weekend, the D.C. area experienced record-breaking warm weather.

On Saturday, the winter solstice and shortest day of the year in terms of daylight, the region broke a record with a high temperature of 72.

Highs hit 72 Sunday morning in the nation’s capital, matching the daily record-high set in 1889.

On Sunday, the mercury reached 70 degrees in New York’s Central Park, easily eclipsing the previous high of 63 from 1998. Records were also set in Wilmington, Del., (67), Atlantic City, N.J., (68), and Philadelphia (67).

A runner on the National Mall told WNEW’s George Mesthos on Saturday that she was taking advantage of the pleasant conditions.

“The weather outside is not frightful, it’s really quite delightful,” Caroline Marsh said.

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