Good morning and happy March! Appropriately, it will feel very Spring-like today and the remainder of the week as a whole. Looking at the past 24-hours, we are already warmer than we were this time yesterday and afternoon highs will definitely reflect that as well. Most should find themselves in the low to mid 60s, with a few pushing near 70 degrees.
Why is it so warm right now you may ask? A stout area of high pressure is planted across the Southeast. This is allowing for warmer air to pump in from the southwest, increasing temperatures well above the norm. An increase in temperatures is expected nearly every day from now and through Saturday.
How warm will things get? Looking at the temperature anomalies (which compares expected temps from the norm), highs Saturday will be 15 to 20 degrees above the norm. For those living further norther and west (W KY, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri) 25 to 30 degrees above the average is expected. This is all to say: it's going to be warm! Our best opportunity for record breaking heat (through Saturday) looks to be Thursday with the current record in Knoxville at 76, but this could be tough to achieve.
Other than the increasing temperatures and winds out of the southwest, weather conditions will remain fair the next couple of days. Our next best chance of rain doesn't arrive until Saturday, with showers expected by the evening coming in from our northwest.
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