You could feel it yesterday. Spring is in the air! Now it's about to get even warmer. By the weekend some of us may register the first 80-degree high of 2020.
A ridge of high pressure is anchored over the Gulf of Mexico, with the dome extending northward into the Midwest and Ohio Valley. This high will spread well-above-normal, even record-challenging, warmth across the Southern Plains and the Southeast. We're tapping into some of that warmth now. Lexington's average high in 59°. We are forecasting a high of 74° this afternoon. The mercury will continue to climb over the next two days.
This won't be record-setting warmth, but this will be the warmest air of the year. As it stands January 11th was the warmest day of 2020 with a high of 75°. Today's high will challenge that, meanwhile Friday's and Saturday's high will blow right past it. Some spots could even reach 80° for the first time this year. Lexington doesn't average it's first 80-degree day until mid-April.
Enjoy the warmth while it lasts. Weekend showers and storms will start cool things back down. April looks to begin raw and wet.