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Published on April 21, 2024
Light Jackets Advised as Week Starts Cool, Warms to Sunny 81 by WeekendSource: Unsplash / Joshua J. Cotten

Memphians may need to keep a light jacket handy as they step out today with temperatures hovering around a cool 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Weather Service (NWS) in Memphis reports a mostly cloudy sky with a slight breeze from the north at 13 mph. Early risers might catch a brief sprinkle, as there's a 10 percent chance of showers before the morning fully clears. "Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 60," details in the NWS forecast, promising some afternoon warmth along with winds from the north-northeast persisting between 10 to 15 mph.

As night falls, the forecast anticipates clearer skies, with the mercury dipping to a low of about 41 degrees. The gentle breath of the north-northeast wind is expected to slow down, going from 5 to 10 mph. NWS predicts that Monday will bring sunshine and a high of around 67 degrees—a perfect day to slowly start to shed the layers as the east-northeast wind calms itself, eventually becoming still.

Monday night's sky is slated to remain clear with temperatures forecasted to reach a low near 47 degrees, carried in by a mild southern breeze around 5 mph. Looking ahead, Memphis residents can expect to bask in sunny weather and rising temps as Tuesday heats up to a high of around 72 degrees, courtesy of a south southwest wind moving at a brisk 5 to 15 mph. Come evening, though, skies will transition to partly cloudy as the same wind brings in a slightly warmer low of around 55 degrees.

Midweek will provide a mix of cloud and sun, with Wednesday reaching a high of 74 degrees and light changes in wind direction from northwest in the morning to northeast in the afternoon. "Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon," NWS forecasts for midweek. Wednesday night might also see partly cloudy conditions with a low settling down to around 52 degrees. Thursday and Friday continue the trend of wavering clouds, as the latter brings a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Pre-weekend temperatures will push the envelope to a high near 79 degrees.

The weekend outlook suggests umbrellas may not be out of place, with showers and thunderstorms having a 40 percent chance of occurrence on Friday night, following through with a 30 percent chance into Saturday. The silver lining might just be the temperatures, which are set to peak at a warm 81 degrees, allowing the city to picture a less chill, more thrilling close to the week.