White Hot Christmas: 72 Degrees in New York

The record-breaking temperatures along the East Coast and what they mean for the rest of winter.
1:20 | 12/25/15

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the past few years, many may be finding the balmy weather is a nice holiday gift, but others rely on the cold to make a living. ABC's gio Benitez with a look at the wild winter. Reporter: Tonight, an unusual Christmas eve in the northeast. A record in New York City -- 72 degrees. Almost as warm as the fourth of July. This December is on track to being the warmest on record ever. It is so warm that here in new York City, you can walk on the street wearing short sleeves on Christmas eve. I'm loving it. Everyone should have a hot holiday. I don't have to go to California or Florida. I'm fine right here. Reporter: Up and down the east coast, people are walking around in shorts and flip-flops. Even the ice cream trucks are out. 1984 was the last time you brought the ice cream truck out? Yes. Reporter: But the nice weather comes at a price. Weath weather-related sales are down dramatically. At loss of at least $421 million. Ski resorts are feeling it, too. Only 16% of ski trails have opened at 12 major resorts in the northeast. Still, more people are eating out and malls are seeing a jump, too. And Tom, here in New Jersey, it's also the warmest Christmas eve on record. Tlecc1: Christmas miracle is just that. Next week, temperatures start dropping dramatically. In fact, in parts of the northeast, snow is in the forecast. Tom? All right, it's coming our way. Gio, thank you. We want to turn to Chicago

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