It's been in the upper eighties for a week now. On Saturday the
forecast for Groveland, Florida from the National Weather Service is for 95
degrees. This is still March. This is the first of Spring.
Is it March or May? Near-record to record warmth is en route to a
large swath of the south central and southeastern United States over the next
several days. Temperatures may even soar into the 90s in a few spots amid one of
the warmest Marches on record. Numerous cities are likely to tie or break daily
temperature records, with a few all-time March records in jeopardy as the
early-season sizzler sets in.
Hot weather has already swelled over parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast in recent
days. Houston hit 90 degrees on Wednesday for the first time this year and about
six weeks ahead of average. New Orleans hit 89 degrees on Wednesday, breaking
its previous daily record by 5 degrees, and tying the monthly record for March.
New Orleans also set record highs of 88 and 86 on Monday and Tuesday.