By: Charles Roop | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 22, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Glenn Frey is right. The heat is on, and it’s even on the street. And with the moisture levels similar to late spring in the Big Bend and South Georgia, the only escape is in an air-conditioned room. Or, better yet, a freezer in the back of a grocery store.
The streak of the 80s in February continue as Tallahassee recorded six consecutive days of 80-plus temperatures. Wednesday’s high tied the previous record set on that day in 1994.
ICYMI: #Tallahassee continues to be in the midst of a streak of days with highs >= 81 F. Yesterday was #6 in a row. Today should be #7. Friday should be #8, breaking the record streak for February (and so early in the year), with highs in the mid 80's. #FLwx #TallyWx https://t.co/fapTX8uEBL— Danny Brouillette (@HoarFrostInFL) February 22, 2018
Danny is right: We’ll continue to see these temperatures into the weekend. But hints of some change will be in place late weekend into early next week.
Currently, an upper-level ridge is centered off of the coastal Carolinas, bringing a southerly flow into our area. The ridging is repelling storm systems into the Southeast U.S. and keeping things fairly tranquil - but warm.
The ridge will begin to weaken as the weekend arrives. A few impulses aloft will aid in keeping rain chances in slight categories Friday and Saturday with the high - you guessed it - in the lower 80s. Lows will be close to 60.
Sunday will likely be a day of transition. As the ridge breaks down, this will allow a cold front to move toward our area. This will begin to increase the odds of rain starting Sunday. Monday will be the best chance of rain (likely category) as the front gets closer. Both the European and American GFS models are hinting at frontal passage by Tuesday, but it would move just to our south. The weather is forecast to be nicer on Tuesday.
For now, it’s looking like temperatures will drop on Tuesday, but will not be close to average for this time of year. We could see the low around 50 Tuesday morning, with a high in the 70s. For those wanting a break from the heat, it will be a slight break from it.