Published April 07, 2013
The year's first 80-degree day is coming to many communities across the South and northward to the Mason-Dixon line by Wednesday.
High pressure anchored across the western Atlantic Ocean will spend the first part of this week pumping warm air from the southern Plains to the East Coast.
Residents will likely soon forget the chilly start to the month with widespread highs in the 70s expected throughout the South, Ohio Valley and much of the mid-Atlantic on Monday.
Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s northward to Montgomery, Ala., and Augusta, Ga.
The 80-degree warmth will then expand to nearly every community across the South and the southern mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, with the beaches and mountains being the exceptions.
That will bring the year's first 80-degree day to Tupelo, Miss., Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C.--to name a few--since temperatures have yet to achieve that weather feat this year in many places located north of I-20.
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Baltimore, Md., will join the list on Wednesday as the warmth expands slightly to the north.
Whether or not that warmth can hold in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and spread to Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., on Thursday will depend on how far south a cold front pushes through the Northeast and mid-Atlantic.
There is no temperature dilemma on Thursday for places south of Washington, D.C. All signs are pointing toward Thursday being another warm day with widespread highs in the 80s from Florida to central Virginia.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are also monitoring the possibility of the storm sparking severe weather across the South later this week as it ushers out the 80-degree warmth.