Near Record Heat on Thursday, Cooler Weekend

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Weather Update – 11:00 p.m. Wednesday

Mainly clear skies will continue through the evening though southeasterly winds will keep temperatures mild again overnight. We’ll start out in the lower to middle 60s at 6:55 a.m. Thursday morning. Dry weather is forecast to continue through the rest of the workweek and for most of the area this weekend though a cold front will bring cooler weather here on Saturday.

Tomorrow has potential to be even hotter but remain dry with southerly winds at 5-10 miles per hour. Temperatures will peak in the upper 80s to lower 90s during the afternoon. Our record high for Thursday is 90°F (set in 1951) and the forecast is for 89°F. It’ll be close! Relative humidity will be near 40% during the afternoon.

Warm and mainly dry weather is forecast for Friday with highs in the middle to upper 80s. A cold front will move into the area Friday night and Saturday morning bringing windy conditions, so expect a breezy night Friday night! Winds could gust up to 30 miles per hour Saturday morning with temperatures only warming up to the lower and middle 70s over the weekend under mostly sunny skies. There’s a slight chance for a few showers in northwest Tennessee near the Mississippi River Friday night and Saturday morning but, more than likely, most of West Tennessee will remain dry. Stay with the VIPIR 7 Storm Team for the latest forecast!

Have a great night!

Tom Meiners
Storm Team 7 Chief Meteorologist, CBM
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Tropical Weather Update – 11:00 p.m. Wednesday


Hurricane Matthew is maintaining category 3 status with maximum sustained winds of 115 miles per hour. The storm is slowly moving northwest through the Bahamas at 10 miles per hour.

The potential impacts on the southeastern United States including Florida, Georgia, and South and North Carolina include heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding inland, storm surge that could lead to flooding on the coast, and damaging winds with a potential for this storm to strengthen before Matthew nears the Florida coast in 24 hours. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the east coast of Florida from North of Golden Beach to North of Golden Beach to Fernandina Beach as well as on Lake Okeechobee. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for north of Fernandina Beach to Edisto Beach.


Hurricane force winds will continue over the central Bahamas and spread into the northwestern Bahamas tonight and Thursday. Hurricane force winds are expected to first reach the hurricane warning area in Florida by late Thursday and will spread northward Thursday night and Friday. Tropical storm force winds are first expected in Florida by early Thursday. Hurricane force winds are possible in the hurricane watch area in Florida and Georgia by late Friday, with tropical storm force winds possible on Friday. Tropical storm force winds are possible in the tropical storm watch area on the Florida Gulf Coast on Thursday. Wind gusts to tropical storm force are still possible along the north coast of central and eastern Cuba through this evening.

Matthew is expected to produce 4 to 7 inches of rainfall in Coastal eastern Florida with isolated amounts of 10 inches and 1 to 3 inches in the Florida Keys with isolated amounts up to 5 inches. Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are likely in southern and northwestern Haiti and central and eastern Cuba. Rainfall will diminish across Jamaica and the Dominican Republic this evening.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large and destructive waves could raise water levels by as much as 5 to 8 feet along Sebastian Inlet to Savannah River. 3 to 5 feet along Deerfield Beach to Sebastian Inlet. 1 to 2 feet on Virginia Key to Deerfield Beach. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances. Large waves generated by Matthew will cause water rises to occur well in advance of and well away from the track of the center. The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. There is a danger of life-threatening inundation during the next 36 hours along the Florida east coast from Deerfield Beach to the Flagler-Volusia county line. There is the possibility of life-threatening inundation during the next 48 hours from north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to Savannah River.


Swells generated by Matthew will continue to affect portions of the north coast of Cuba and the Bahamas during the next few days, and will spread northward along the east coast of Florida and the southeast U.S. coast tonight and Thursday and continue into the weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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