Cooler Nights, Warmer Days
DRIER AIR MASS PROVIDES FOR MORE EFFICIENT COOLING, HEATING
A “cold” front worked its way through the area this morning, accompanied by a decaying line of showers, the last vestiges of storms that brought severe weather to parts of far northern Alabama and Mississippi last night. The air became noticeably drier this afternoon, but the temperatures actually ended up WARMER. With the drier air, the sun was able to heat more efficiently, pushing highs into the lower to middle 80s for most areas.
That dry air will also allow for radiational cooling tonight, giving us the coolest overnight lows we’ve seen in quite some time. Temperatures will be in the 50s for most areas, with some upper 40s possible in some rural more sheltered communities north of Columbus. Highs Thursday will rebound well into the 80s, with a few upper 80s possible in our southern tier of counties near Eufaula, Cuthbert, and Americus.
Another warm day is on tap for Friday with similar temperatures before we see an increase in cloud cover and moisture. A chance of showers and storms will enter the picture for the weekend; as with the system that moved through this morning, it looks like the better dynamics for any strong or severe thunderstorms will stay well to our north.
The weekend system will drag another cold front through the area, knocking temperatures down again into the upper 40s and 50s for overnight lows and highs primarily in the 70s as we turn the calendar to April next week.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker