Friday is here and it'll be a beautiful one! A few lingering clouds and areas of patchy fog are present on satellite now, but things look to clear quickly as the sun continues to rise. An update for Eta shows the system strengthening back to a Tropical Storm and holding that strength through Cuba. By late weekend and early next week, Eta will face a dense high pressure system to the east, forcing the Tropical Storm westward into the Gulf. Given what we know now, it is unlikely to directly hit central Florida on Monday. The more likely result is Eta grazing the state bringing gusty winds and rainfall before landing in the Gulf.
Here at home, things remain the same. A high pressure system to the east is providing some return flow across the region. This is what's providing the warm temperatures we will continue to see this afternoon and through the weekend.
Specifically Saturday and Sunday, high's are expected to top out in the mid 70's with some areas (middle TN) nearing 80 degrees. Though this will likely feel pretty comfortable for most, this is very much above the average for this time of the year. Knoxville averages high's in the mid 60's for this time in November and the heat looks to continue into early next week before rain chances pick back up.
Make the most of these great conditions if you have the chance! Hiking, hunting, camping, or even a little walk around the block couldn't hurt. We will continue to monitor Eta through the weekend as well as keep you up to date on when rain chances return to East Tennessee. Have a great weekend!
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