NEW YORK (AP) — Tourists are riding bikes in New York's Central Park and shorts have been spotted on Chicago's Miracle Mile this December. That can mean only one thing. Stores that sell coats, scarves or anything in the winter fashion category are not feeling the holiday cheer. Mall-based clothing stores have lost $343 million in sales so far this holiday season, according to Planalytics, a weather forecasting firm for retailers.
Here's a look at some of the glorious temperatures that are torturing retailers through Wednesday, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Bean Town is having its warmest December on record with an average temperature of 46.9 degrees. The last time it was even close to this warm, New England Patriots backup quarterback Tom Brady had only a handful of games under his belt after stepping in for an injured starter in 2001.
The capital of New York is also having its warmest December on record with average temps of 42.1. The last time the city was within two degrees of that record, Edmond Rostand's play "Cyrano de Bergerac" took the stage for the first time in Paris. It was 1897.
The City of Brotherly love is also seeing unseasonably toasty temperatures, the average this month an astounding 46.3. Probably just a coincidence, but the winning percentage this year for the Philadelphia Eagles is .462.
The acrimony is not the only thing melting away in the U.S. Capitol, where Congress just overcame its differences and passed a massive spending bill. It's the third warmest winter in Federal City, with temperatures averaging 50.2 degrees this month.
Warm breezes have rolled over the Windy City this season, where the average temperature for this December is 44.3. Chi-Town is back in the deep freeze this week with temps below 30, and that's likely to last, well, not long. Meteorologists see temperatures near 50 degrees for Christmas.