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Warmest days of the year, so far

First 80-degree day of the year possible.
Posted at 10:37 AM, Mar 26, 2020

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.