So far, 2019 has been fairly warm in the Big Bend

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By: Charles Roop | WCTV Pinpoint Weather
February 8, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It sure got cold across the eastern United States at the end of January - including the Big Bend and South Georgia. But despite the chill, it has been warm overall.

As of Feb. 7, the year-to-date average temperature departure from normal in Tallahassee was +2.5 degrees F based on analysis.

In Tallahassee, January in was also tied for the seventh warmest (81 F) for high temperatures since the 1940s according to data from the NOAA Regional Climate Centers. But it was only the 30th warmest based on the average temperature since the 1940s. It was a little warmer compared to 2018, when the average temperature was tied with 2014 for the 15th coldest.

Since the 1940s, the average temperature for January in Tallahassee has dropped by over a degree F.

As for February, it started on a warm note with the average temperature as much as 12 degrees above average (Feb. 7). The high temperature was also 14 degrees above average.

The next week or so will continue to feel like a relative tinder box. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has placed the Southeast under higher odds of above average temperatures for six to 14 days out. The trough pattern will be more persistent in the West, while the East and South will be more under the influence of ridging. It looks to be more of the same for the month of February, too.