Don't push your sweatshirts to the back of the closet just yet. Cool days and nights will continue through the weekend.The unseasonably warm temperatures of early March were courtesy of a …
Don't push your sweatshirts to the back of the closet just yet. Cool days and nights will continue through the weekend.
The unseasonably warm temperatures of early March were courtesy of a high-pressure system that lingered over the Gulf Coast and pushed the mercury toward record-busting days that climbed as high as 86 degrees. Normal temperatures for that time of year are generally 10 degrees cooler.
When the high pressure dissipated, so did the warm air.
A cold front moved in Sunday evening, leaving Monday morning commuters this week rushing back inside for a jacket as temperatures barely climbed above 40 degrees.
"Mother Nature likes to play with us. She likes to torture us some days," said Steve Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Another cold pressure system is expected to arrive Friday and will push overnight highs into the 40s and Saturday daytime highs into the 60s.
Miller said meteorologists can't rule out the possibility of low temperatures returning and even dipping below freezing before spring settles in.
"We've had freezing temperatures into the end of March in the past and as late as April 5," Miller said. "There's always that small possibility. We hate to say there is no chance of it happening this late."
A warming trend is expected to blanket the region next week as the calendar marches towards the first official day of spring on March 20.