January 18: Warm Up Begins

The thaw out has begun, but there will be some refreezing tonight as the low slips into the teens tonight. Today it finally warmed above freezing, the high in Nashville reached 37°, the first day above freezing since Monday. That was a nice after a morning low of 8°. Temperatures will continue to climb each day ahead all thanks to a sprawling area of high pressure that will push in warmer air for the next three days.

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Friday warms up to the upper 40s which is average for the afternoon high this time of year. Saturday a few more clouds move in but that will not keep the high from reaching  near 50.  An approaching front from the west will bring in a few spotty showers for Sunday but the highs will continue to increase to the  lower 60s. The rain becomes more widespread by Monday.  Temperatures remain mild with high in the upper 50s.

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Since this front is moving in from the west and not the Arctic, the air behind it will not be frigid, so temperatures next week will remain a few degrees above average. As a matter of fact the long range outlook for the next two weeks indicates temperatures will remain above average.

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The trend for precipitation is also above average for the next two weeks.

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On another note check out this news from Climate Central, “According to NOAA, 2017 finished as the third-warmest year globally since records began (NASA ranked it second-warmest).” Note that the past five years have been ranked in the top 10 hottest.

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Climate Central also noted, “This is the warmest year on record without an El Niño in the Pacific Ocean, as neutral conditions existed in the Pacific until La Niña developed in the fall. Even so, the global ocean was still the third warmest on record, highlighting its primary role in the long-term global temperature pattern, and helping each continent have one of its 10 warmest years on record.”

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Hard to think about heat after the past two days.  I’ll have an update on News 4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer

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Lisa Spencer is the chief meteorologist at WSMV Channel 4 Nashville. You can catch her weathercasts weekdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 6:30pm and 10pm.
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