Warm, stagnant weather pattern to set in

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
February 15, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — It’s spring ti - wait, what? This is February, and we are already experiencing temperatures that will fool anyone without a calendar, laptop, or smartphone. Month-to-date, Tallahassee is 7 degrees above normal, according to the latest numbers from the National Weather Service. But there is no sign that this will change in the meantime.

Currently, a ridge of high pressure is in place in the mid to upper levels. This is essentially keeping our pattern very zonal - about as flat as a board - and keeping any real weather makers from entering the Southeast. The ridge is centered over the Gulf of Mexico, but expected to drift eastward through the weekend. Once the new work week begins, the mean (average) ensemble of the GFS has the ridge building strength and then sliding back west late next week.

The pattern doesn’t necessarily mean that rain chances will be zero, but very low rain chances (10 to 20 percent) are in place over the next several days. Dewpoints mainly in the 60s over the next several days along with some daytime heating will leave the chance for an isolated shower.

Temperatures are expected to be close to the 80-degree mark through the middle of next week. Lows will range from the mid-50s to lower 60s.

Anyone up for a trip to the beach?