Following the wintry weather that affected the entire Eastern U.S. earlier this week, a pattern change is beginning to take place, leading to a ridge of high pressure and therefore warmer weather for this part of the country. This warming trend will begin on Friday and will continue into the remainder of January, but we’re honing in on this weekend because along with the warmth will be some beautiful weather.
In the Northeast on Friday, near Canada high temperatures will be in the 20s, and they will be in the 40s in the Mid-Atlantic. For the remainder of the Northeast expect temperatures near-average into the 30s. To the south, the Southeast will experience high temperatures in the 50s for many locations. Coastal Georgia and South Carolina will near 60 degrees while central and South Florida experience the 60s. It will be a touch cooler farther north in the Tennessee Valley–Temperatures will be mainly in the 40s. It will also be dry and mainly sunny for your Friday in both the Northeast and the Southeast.
On Saturday, temperatures will climb further. Many places around the nation will be about ten degrees warmer than they were on Saturday due to warm southerly flow. In the Northeast, highs will range from the 30s to 40s to 50s–Even in the Mid-Atlantic south of Washington, D.C., I wouldn’t be surprised if some locations top off at 60 degrees. That will come along with sunny skies. In the Southeast, it will be even warmer because you’re lower in latitude. Highs for most locations will be in the 50s, 60s, and 70s with the warmest temperatures being located at the coast and in Florida.
As we get into Sunday, temperatures will be fairly similar as they are forecast to be on Sunday. In the Northeast, many will experience high temperatures into the 30s, 40s, and 50s, although northern Maine will be stuck in the 20s. Sunday will be the warmest day in the South with widespread highs in the 60s and 70s under sunshine. Now in the South-Central Plains and into the Ohio Valley, expect a few showers and thunderstorms to develop throughout the day.