Downpours to end spell of summerlike warmth in southeastern US this week
By Renee Duff, AccuWeather meteorologist
May 16, 2018, 3:47:09 AM EDT
The recent spell of record heat in the southeastern United States has come to an end in some areas of the South and will follow suit farther north at midweek.
The heat that surged into the region late this past week and continued through the weekend may have have been hard to take for some residents, given the unseasonably cool conditions that persisted for much of April.
Many locations that experienced below-normal temperatures last month basked in many warmer-than-normal days during the first part of May.
Fayetteville, North Carolina, recorded their third-hottest Mother’s Day on record with a high of 96 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday. The temperature of 93 F in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, on the same day tied both the daily record high and the hottest Mother’s Day ever.
Clouds, showers and thunderstorms have brought an end to the surging temperatures from northern Florida to Georgia, South Carolina and southern North Carolina on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, daily high temperature records were tied or broken in Houston; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky and Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. This level of heat is expected to abate for the middle of the week.
While it will still be warm enough for shorts and t-shirts, generally in the upper 70s and 80s F, people may not be able to go outside for long without an umbrella or waterproof shoes.
Moisture from a storm that originated in the tropics and a slow-moving front to the north will converge and lead to a few days of heavy rainfall and some street flooding, according to AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok.
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People with plans to attend sporting events or head to the beach will have a hard time finding many dry hours this week. Landscape and construction projects may also be set back.
Communities from Nashville to Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama; Atlanta, Augusta and Albany, Georgia; Columbia, South Carolina; and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; can expect downpours on a nearly daily basis through the end of the week and into the weekend.
Motorists who frequent Interstates 10, 20, 40, 59, 65, 75, 85 and 95 should anticipate slow commutes and times of reduced visibility during this stretch.
At the same time, the core of hot air will shift westward into the South Central states, where mainly dry, sunny weather will prevail.
Dallas, Houston and Tyler, Texas; and Shreveport, Louisiana; are expected to challenge record highs each day from Wednesday to Friday as daytime temperatures soar well into the 90s F and even close in on the century mark.
A few of the records in jeopardy have stood since the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Residents of Little Rock, Arkansas, will be basking in the record warmth by the weekend.
Warmth may again shift farther east toward the southern Atlantic Seaboard this weekend, although temperatures are not likely to achieve the levels set to be reached in the south-central U.S.
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