May 14: Record Heat in Nashville

Summer-like weather to start off the week. Today in Nashville the high reached 92°, that ties the record set way back in 1881. Very hot and humid through tomorrow with near record high temperatures again.


Tomorrow’s record high is 91° and the forecasted high is 92. Different than today, there will just be a few spotty showers and thunderstorms that form, mainly east and southeast of Nashville. Here is the latest Futurecast timing for the rain.


Then, Wednesday through the weekend scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop each day.  The best rain chance each of those days will be from 1pm until 7pm. The good news, no severe storms are expected.

Storms will decrease in coverage on Sunday.

A little heat relief is expected with this increase in clouds and rain for the middle of this week through the weekend, highs then will generally be in the middle 80s.  This is still above the average high for this time of year which is 78°.

With all the hot air here at the beginning of the planting season, it’s timely to point out that a trend toward unusually hot days can have many impacts.  Check out this one, you may not have thought about…Hummingbirds can be at risk. Hummingbirds are important pollinators of flowers and other plants. The heat affects their flying, eating, resting, reproducing and migration.

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Pollinators are important not just for flowers, but for agriculture in general. Just food for thought.

I’ll have an update on News4 at 10pm.

Lisa Spencer


About Lisa Spencer

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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3 Responses to May 14: Record Heat in Nashville

  1. Fred says:

    So, as recently as a couple of weeks ago, the common question was: “Where is the Spring?”. Here we are, midway through May, and that question still applies, albeit for the opposite reason. After playing hide and seek for most of March and April, the capricious Spring decided to fast-forward to Summer, just as May got underway. Month-to-date, this is the second-hottest May (since 1881, no less) and, though, maximum temps will be throttled back in the days ahead, the minimum ones will remain quite high, so, overall, it will continue to feel like we’re a month ahead of schedule, especially, with the mugginess being dialed up. We’ve yet to see the first below-average day in May and it seems, at least for now, this may not even happen for the duration of the month. Nashville had its hottest May ever back in 1962 and that record appears to be in jeopardy, should the unseasonable heat to linger, as forecast models currently indicate.

  2. Lisa Spencer says:

    So true…great information. I miss spring.

  3. Chris Breece says:

    Could you please mention Hickman County Centervile when you do your tempreture forecast
    for selected cities. Thanks Chris Breece

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