After a perfect weekend, a little cooler next week

After a perfect weekend, a little cooler next week

We enjoyed a nice break from winter this weekend.  We had two wonderful days of sunshine with temperatures in Memphis hitting 60 Saturday and 64 on Sunday.  More great weather will be in place to the start the week and for the MLK holiday but cooler and more seasonable temperatures will return to the Mid-South by the end of next week.

Typically, during the month of January, we have an average temperature of 49 to 50 degrees. Our coldest temperature for the month was -8 on January 9, 1886 and our warmest temp was 79 degrees on January 31, 2002.  That's quite a span. However, it's not unusual for us to reach into the low to mid-60s during the month and this was one of those weekends. We've had to endure some pretty cold temperatures thus far, and we're barely two-thirds of the way through the month. Our coldest temp so far for January 2014 was a brisk 9 degrees on the morning of January 8.  We've spent most of the month thus far with temperatures below average with only six days being above average.

The latest forecast data indicates the remainder of the month will be below average for temperatures and precipitation as cooler polar air will continue to dip south over the eastern half of the U.S. As we get into February, a more seasonable pattern should be in place with temperatures and precipitation near average.

Speaking of average, we're over the hump for the average coldest temperatures. For the remainder of January, the average temperature will be 50 to 51 degrees and increase through the month of February. The average high temperature for February 1 is 51 degrees and the average high for February 28 is 59. A sure sign that spring is getting closer. By the way, spring begins March 20. In the meantime, winter trudges on but this nice break over the weekend was certainly welcomed by all.