After a Record Cold Snap in the Mid-South, changes are on the way

If you stepped outside yesterday you might have thought we transported back to November. An abnormally cold stretch of weather dropped our temperatures to record-breaking lows. For a week, high temperatures were 10-15 below average with morning lows in the 30s and 40s. Some near the Tennessee River was close to frost territory. A record, late-season snow even fell in parts of the Midwest and Northeast.

The Memphis International Airport recorded two new records during this time. On Saturday, May 9 a nearly 100-year-old record low was broken as we dropped down to 43. The old record was 44 set it 1923. Then on Tuesday, May 12 the airport recorded the coldest high temperature for that day at 57. The old record was 61 which was set in 1882. That was a 138-year-old record – shattered!


Things are changing though! This morning a warm front moved through the Midsouth shifting our winds to the south helping pump in warmer temperatures and higher humidity. This has helped temperatures creep up to over 20 degrees warmer than yesterday afternoon.


This trend of warmer and more humid conditions looks to stick around through the end of May. Our long-range forecast shows temperatures should be near or above average through at least Memorial Day weekend. High temperatures should be in the low 80s this time of year.