Following the passage of a cold front through the entire Eastern U.S., the region’s temperatures will remain mild overall with many areas experiencing above average temperatures through the weekend following a very brief chill.




This Wednesday, the warmest temperatures relative to average will be found in the Dakota. Temperatures in that region will be as much as 15 degrees above average, which translates to actual temperatures ranging from the 20’s to the 40’s.

Forecast high temperatures Wednesday:

  • Northern Plains: 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s (up to 15 degrees above normal)
  • Central Plains: 40’s and 50’s (up to 10 degrees above normal)
  • Southern Plains: Mainly in the 60’s (up to 8 degrees above normal in northern half, up to 5 degrees below normal in southern half)
  • Southeast: Mainly in the 50’s, 60’s along the coast (very close to normal)
  • Florida: 60’s and 70’s (very close to normal)
  • Mid-Atlantic: 40’s and 50’s (very close to normal)
  • Northeast: 20’s and 30’s (very close to normal)
  • Great Lakes: 20’s and 30’s (very close to normal)

Much warmer air will begin to intrude on Thursday as the weather remains quiet and sunny for the most part. Temperatures will be the warmest compared to average in the Central Plains. That’s where highs will be as much as 25 degrees above normal.

Forecast high temperatures Thursday:

  • Northern Plains: 30’s and 40’s (15 to 20 degrees above normal)
  • Central Plains: 50’s and 60’s (15 to 20 degrees above normal)
  • Southern Plains: Mainly in the 60’s (up to 10 degrees above normal in northern half, up to 5 degrees below normal in southern half)
  • Southeast: Mainly in the 50’s and 60’s (up to 5 degrees above normal)
  • Florida: 60’s and 70’s (up to 5 degrees below normal)
  • Mid-Atlantic: 30’s and 40’s (very close to normal)
  • Northeast: 10’s, 20’s, and 30’s (up to 10 degrees below normal)
  • Great Lakes: 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s (5 to 15 degrees above normal)

The heat will continue to intensify as we near the weekend. On Friday, the axis of the ridge will be centered over the Great Lakes and Midwest, allowing for temperatures to be as much as 25 degrees above average.

Forecast high temperatures Friday:

  • Northern Plains: 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s (5 to 15 degrees above normal)
  • Central Plains: 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s (5 to 15 degrees above normal)
  • Southern Plains: Mainly in the 60’s, southern Texas into the 70’s (up to 5 degrees above normal)
  • Southeast: Mainly in the 50’s and 60’s (up to 5 to 10 degrees above normal)
  • Florida: Mainly in the 70’s (very close to normal)
  • Mid-Atlantic: 40’s and 50’s (5 to 10 degrees above average)
  • Northeast: 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s (up to 10 degrees above normal for western areas, up to 10 degrees below normal in northern New England)
  • Great Lakes: 30’s and 40’s (15 to 25 degrees above normal)

The warm weather will persist into this weekend, but then starting February, colder air will intrude the Central Plains and will spread into the Eastern U.S. by the second week of February. You can read our February outlook here.



Author

Jackson is COO and Head of Content and Strategy of WeatherOptics. He also designed his own website and created the local company, Jackson's Weather. He has been forecasting the weather for southwestern Connecticut since March of 2015. He is currently a senior in high school and will major in Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami in Fall 2018.

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