It was a mild start to the week for the Tennessee Valley, with high temperatures reaching into the upper 60s. As we continue to progress through the week we will see temperatures rise toward 80 degrees. It has been 105 days since the last 80-degree temperature reading in Huntsville. The last 80-degree day was November 8 of last year. The earliest 80-degree day in February in Huntsville was on the 13th of 1962 when the temperature was 82 degrees. The warmest February day in climatological history was the 23rd of 1996 when the high was 83 degrees.
Heading through the remainder of the week, temperatures will just continue to rise from here thanks to a strong south-southwest wind. With this warm air in place, high temperatures Wednesday and Thursday are forecast to be near 80 degrees! These temperatures will be 20 degrees warmer than what we typically see for this time of year; the average high in Huntsville is 59 degrees.
The highs the Weather Authority has forecast for the coming Wednesday and Thursday will be near record-breaking. For Wednesday, the records for Fayetteville, Huntsville, and Muscle Shoals currently range from 73 to 79 degrees. If Huntsville is able to hit 80 degrees, it will break the old record by 3 degrees.
Thursday will be a day to monitor for record-breaking temperatures. We are expecting highs to reach the low 80s for some while others only near 80 degrees. If Huntsville is able to hit 83 degrees Thursday, it would tie the old record set back in 1996.
Stick with the Weather Authority for the latest on this warm-up!