More than 1,200 record high temperatures have been set over the past week across the U.S., and nearly 6,000 record highs have been recorded since the beginning of 2012.
From March 8-14, 2012, the total number of records is 1,226, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
On Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2012 alone, 423 records were set.
From the beginning of the year (Jan. 1-March 12, 2012), there has been a total of 5,618 record highs. In comparison, Jan. 1-March 31, 2011, there were only 2,800 record highs recorded.
"The jet stream has been flung all the way north across central and eastern Canada," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said, when explaining why warmth has been so widespread this March.
"At least two-thirds of the nation could wind up with above-normal temperatures [this spring]," Paul Pastelok, expert long-range meteorologist and leader of the AccuWeather.com Long-Range Forecasting Team, said late in February. He forecast that there could be the most widespread warmth this spring since 2004.
AccuWeather.com Spring 2012 Forecast
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A surge of milder air will bring the warmest air since mid-November to the United Kingdom this week.
Dry weather will prevail much of the week across Germany as the recent chill eases.
The storm system that drenched the south-central U.S. since this past weekend will soak the Southeastern and mid-Atlantic states on Tuesday.
A blast of arctic air will create wintry travel in the Upper Midwest and part of the Northeast later this week.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India this week.
The storm that recently brought the first snow of the season to coastal areas of the northwestern U.S. will target the interior West into midweek.
Before the coldest air so far this season arrives, parts of the northeastern United States will face slow and slick travel early this week.
The threat for flash flooding and localized severe thunderstorms, including isolated tornadoes, will expand across the southern United States early this week.