Winter is officially arriving despite high temperatures this holiday season

Published: Dec. 22, 2015 at 4:30 AM EST|Updated: Jul. 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM EDT
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North Charleston - Though winter is almost here, it just doesn't feel like it in the Lowcountry. The winter solstice kicks in at 11:48 Monday night, marking the longest night and shortest day of the year.

Some locals say the unseasonably warm temperatures, are impacting their Christmas spirit.

Short sleeves, short pants, and jacketless evenings are all signs of summer but for the Lowcountry, it's our soon to be winter, for now.

"We haven't even put up a Christmas tree because it's so warm, we'll just do it like a couple day before Christmas," says a local, Holle Knowles.

Knowles and her son Trystan were out shopping for the day. They say it doesn't feel like the Christmas season.

"That fact that there's still lots of mosquitoes out during quote unquote, winter, it's a little bit alarming," says Trysten.

Friday was no exception, they were noticeably flying around the shopping center.

It's not winter, I don't think it's winter,  it's just maybe a slight summer before actually summer," says a local, Ki'Aheshia Bradford.

Some say it isn't the first time they've known Charleston to be unseasonably warm.

"It reminds me of back in the 70s when I was growing up here in high school," says a local, Brian Benedict.

While some shoppers are wishing for some cooler days others are happy with the way it is.

"Thanksgiving day it was awesome because you get to run around in shorts and t-shirts throw the football in the yard. Hopefully it'll be the same for Christmas," says a local, Hayden Grooms.

"It's great living here in Charleston, we enjoy the weather we enjoy the people," says Benedict.

Some people say they are planning to go to the beach over these next couple of weeks. If you're heading to the coast too, you might find more people there than in past years.

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