Spring is finally in the air with temperatures rising across parts of the US and the southeast experiencing May-like weather this weekend, just one week after winter storms blanketed 73 percent of America in snow.
The first official day of spring isn’t until March 20 but Americans are getting an early glimpse of warmer days ahead as forecasters predict unseasonably high temperatures just shy of record-breaking levels this weekend.
Signs of warmer weather comes as welcome news after two winter storm barreled into the country last week plunging hard-hit Texas into crisis.
At least 58 people were killed nationwide with 32 in Texas including an 11-year-old boy who died of suspected hypothermia after his mobile home lost power.
The storm sparked rolling power blackouts that left 4.3 million people without power while more than 14.6 million were left without access to safe drinking water for multiple days on end.
Spring is finally in the air with temperatures rising across parts of the US and the southeast experiencing May-like weather this weekend, just one week after winter storms blanketed 73 percent of America in snow
The first official day of spring isn’t until March 20 but Americans are getting an early glimpse of warmer days ahead as forecasters predict unseasonably high temperatures just shy of record-breaking levels this weekend in parts of Florida
There was some relief for the Lone Star state this week as Dallas reached 81 degrees Tuesday – marking the warmest day since November after temperatures plunged below zero last week.
But the respite will be short-lived for some as Texas and other hard-hit areas are now at risk of flooding.
Parts of America will feel like mid-May rather than late-February this weekend as an area of high pressure will lead to unseasonably warm weather in the southeast, according to AccuWeather.
AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert said the warm spell will help restore temperatures to those typical this time of year after parts of the east have faced a colder than normal February.
‘This influx of unseasonable warmth will likely work to bring overall temperatures for the month of February back to closer to normal for the southern US,’ she said.
‘The period of brutally cold air that occurred earlier this month has led many cities like Jackson, Mississippi, and Mobile, Alabama, to run an average of 4 to 8 degrees below normal for the month.’
Other parts of America have already been enjoying higher than normal temperatures and this weekend promises to at least come close to beating daily records for this time of year.
Parts of the central and southern Florida Peninsula are already 3 to 4 degrees higher than normal for February and temperatures are forecast for the mid-80s over the weekend, with some places likely to hit 90.
In Tampa, temperatures could reach 84 degrees Saturday just shy of the daily record high of 86 degrees recorded on February 27 2017.
People enjoy a warm evening in Washington Square Park New York City Wednesday
Punta Gorda will reach 89 degrees Saturday, matching its hottest daily record set in 1997 while Fort Myers will reach 89 Sunday, one degree below its record of 90 degrees set on February 28 2017.
Gilbert said New Orleans, Louisiana, and Jackson, Mississippi, are also likely to come within 4 to 6 degrees of records.
‘Many cities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida will reach temperatures 10-20 degrees above normal for late February’ she said.
‘With temperatures this far above average, some records can be challenged across the Southeast and Gulf Coast.’
Much of the US enjoyed spring-like weather this week with records smashed in the Bay Area in California and the US capital reaching its hottest day so far this year.
In San Francisco, Oakland reached 84 degrees and Napa 81 Tuesday marking daily record high temperatures.
Dallas, where temperatures fell below zero last week, reached 81 as weather-weary residents witnessed the warmest temperature since November.
Meanwhile, Washington DC reached 60 degrees – its warmest since before Christmas – and Kansas City having its warmest day since November.
New Yorkers enjoyed sunnier skies and highs in the 50s after the Big Apple was struck by snowstorms for much of the start of the year.
However it’s not all good news as the states hammered by the winter storms are now at risk of heavy rain and flooding
A storm that moved across Colorado this week bringing snow showers along the northern and central mountains is now headed for the South Central states, forecasters warned
However it’s not all good news as the states hammered by the winter storms are now at risk of heavy rain and flooding.
A storm that moved across Colorado this week bringing snow showers along the northern and central mountains is now headed for the South Central states, forecasters warned.
Up to four inches of rain could fall across central Texas, Maryland and Delaware over the coming days with the worst-hit areas even facing up to eight inches, according to AccuWeather.
Some areas already ravaged by the snowfall are at risk of flooding, with rivers in North and South Carolina already above flood stage.
‘Exactly which locations in the zone end up with the worst problems is a tough call as the heaviest rainfall may fluctuate north and south, dissolve and redevelop as each storm moves along,’ AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bill Deger said.
Typically, warm spring weather starts appearing across the south in late March and early April while it comes around May time in the Northeast, Midwest and interior West.
Vehicles are at a standstill in Killeen, Texas, last week during the winter storms
Icicles hang off a Texas sign last week as temperatures fell below zero due to the winter storms
People fill up water from a spigot in Houston last week as millions lost power and drinking water