Almost a record
After near record warmth on Tuesday, a sunny Wednesday we'll aim for a fourth of five straight days above average.
Today and Tonight: Yet again, a weak front has pushed through the region shifting our light winds to the northeast. Despite ample sunshine, this subtle wind shift will be enough to keep afternoon highs 5-10° cooler than Tuesday. Speaking of Tuesday, the high temperature of 77° set at 3:44pm was only 4° shy of the record set in 2009. The overnight hours may contain some passing clouds and patchy pre-dawn fog with lows in the mid 40s.
Looking Ahead: Expect Thursday to be another warm one with most locations eclipsing 70° during the afternoon hours. Though generally sunny, a few clouds will begin to develop ahead of an approaching cold front. This front will drive some cooler air into the Gulf South for the conclusion of the work week but still no rain. Friday and Saturday, highs will be in the low 60s with seasonably cool nights. Clouds will increase through the weekend with rain arriving by Sunday.
Forecast Discussion: The second cold front this week has slipped south into the Gulf of Mexico. The resulting local weather won't reveal much change from Tuesday other than a slight wind shift to the northeast and a minor drop in afternoon highs. A high pressure system building into the Eastern United States and the lifting of a longwave trough out of the region will allow southeasterly surface winds to inject milder air into the region for Thursday. Then, a third cold front will be driven south. This front will tap into a bit cooler air and send thermometers to or below average into the weekend. With a flattened jet stream, the coldest air will be barricaded north. However, the jetstream will slowly take on a positive tilt allowing upsloping to produce a thickening cloud deck on Saturday. As a result, temperatures will keep to the 60s. Alas, a wave trekking through the tilting jet will stir up a surface low pressure system in Texas and advance that low and a front with rain into the area for Super Bowl Sunday. Behind this system, chillier air will kick off early next week.
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