It is simply a beautiful spring day across the Tennessee Valley and much of the Southeast on this Monday. High pressure is still in control of our local weather for now, and because of that, there is barely a single cloud in the sky. It's definitely great weather for getting outdoors for lunch on the patio, doing any yard work around the house, or other outdoor activities.
Temperatures are very spring-like over much of the nation, actually. Temperatures in the 70s are very widespread this afternoon, a much welcome change after several days of being stuck in the 40s and 50s last week! We can still see shots of cold well into April though; so, be careful getting too excited about doing your planting just yet.
Temperatures, however, look to stay in the 70s this week, with a few of us getting close to 80 degrees by midweek. Overnight lows will be in the 50s. Of course, that warmer weather means that pollen will be on the rise, and tree pollen is definitely a big culprit. If you suffer from spring allergies, you already know this quite well. This will continue for at least the next several days before rain chances start to increase later in the week.
Our next weather maker arrives late in the day on Wednesday as a cold front approaches the area. Southerly winds ahead of the disturbance will help to usher in humid and unstable air from the Gulf. Thunderstorms will approach during the evening and overnight of Wednesday. We can't rule out a strong storm or two, but as of right now, it appears that the greater chances of severe weather stay off to our west. Those storms move through and weaken with time overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
However, the front stalls near the area and rain chances linger (in scattered fashion) through the remainder of the week and into at least the first part of the weekend. The bright side is maybe that will help some with all the pollen in the air as we head into the latter half of the week.