It looks like Atlanta may have left winter in the rear-view mirror for good. Forecasters are expecting the city’s first first 80-degree day of the year this week.
Accuweather.com says Atlanta and many other Georgia cities, including Augusta, can expect to see the warm temperatures by Wednesday.
High pressure anchored across the western Atlantic Ocean will spend the first part of this week pumping warm air from the southern Plains to the East Coast,” wrote Accuweather’s Kristina Pydynowski.
“Residents will likely soon forget the chilly start to the month with widespread highs in the 70s expected throughout the South, Ohio Valley and much of the mid-Atlantic on Monday.”
Pydynowski expects that temperatures will climb into the lower 80s northward to Montgomery, Ala., and Augusta, Ga., and those warm temperatures will then expand to nearly every community across the South and the southern mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, with the beaches and mountains being the exceptions.
In addition to Atlanta, the warm front will bring the year’s first 80-degree day to Tupelo, Miss., Nashville, Charlotte, Raleigh, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C.–to name a few–since temperatures have yet to achieve that weather feat this year in many places located north of I-20.
Cincinnati, Ohio, and Baltimore, Md., will join the list on Wednesday as the warmth expands slightly to the north.
Accuweather also predicts that Thursday will be another warm day with widespread highs in the 80s from Florida to central Virginia.
Atlanta and the rest of the South will cool down by the weekend following the passage of the storm that will first ignite a blizzard in Denver and severe weather across the Plains. That likely means a cooler Masters weekend, but not a cold one.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists, however, are also monitoring the possibility of the storm sparking severe weather across the South later this week as it ushers out the 80-degree warmth.