Record Heat Possible Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn (WMOT)  -- Warm weather is always welcome as Tennesseans head out-of-doors to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, but the Weather Service says the state may mark the traditional beginning of summer with record heat.

Nashville office Weather Service Meteorologist Sam Herron says there’s a good chance some hundred year-old high temperature records may fall in the next few days. He says Tennessee is seeing a summertime weather pattern nearly a month before summer actually begins.

It’s part of a trend for the year toward warmer, drier weather. Herron says the unusual weather is also responsible for today’s official “Air Quality Alert.”

“It’s a little early in the season to see those, and it’s part of this stagnant weather pattern that we’re getting into with hot air in place across the area and not a lot to sweep out the pollution."

Herron says there’s a chance of pop up storms on Monday, Memorial Day, but most of Middle Tennessee should see hot, dry weather through the long weekend.