Good afternoon! Thin cloud cover continues to linger across East Tennessee as a system to the west works northward. The good news is high pressure continues to settle in to the east, allowing for clearing Thursday and onward. For today, partly cloudy skies will continue with highs topping out in the lower 80s.
With the high settling across the Appalachians, temperatures will warm up the next several days. As discussed earlier in the week, the clockwise flow of the high will pull in summer-like heat from the Gulf and south. Highs Friday will range in the upper 80s with lower 90s likely through the weekend. Our average high is 80 for Knoxville so most will be 10+ degrees above that by the start of the weekend. This will be a great time to finally get out and enjoy the start of "lake season".
Working ahead, a heat wave will be accompanied with dry conditions. High pressure will lock in warm and dry weather through the remainder of the week with showers out of the discussion through at least early next week. Increased precipitation will be likely across the Central US, but the eastern half will stay mostly dry. Drought conditions, especially as the growing season takes off, will be a concern moving forward.
That will do it for today....don't forget to check out our daily video forecast below. Warmer days are coming!
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