Metro-East News

Record high temperatures, hazardous winds Friday

Record high temperatures are expected Friday across the metro-east.

But residents need to be especially careful if they get outside to try to enjoy the warm weather. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory with gusts up to 40 mph expected.

The high Friday is expected to reach 73 under mostly sunny skies. That’s two degrees warmer than the record high for Feb. 19 in the St. Louis metropolitan area, 71, set in 1991, and 27 degrees warmer than the average high for the date, 46.

High winds could make driving difficult and dangerous, especially for those who drive high-profile vehicles like trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, according to the weather service advisory. Residents are advised to secure outdoor items including garbage cans and lawn furniture. Minor damage to trees and buildings is possible.

Friday night, the low will drop to 46 under partly cloudy skies.

It will be mostly sunny early Saturday with a high of 70. There is a slight chance of showers later in the day.

Saturday night, the low will be 50 and there is a 60 percent chance of showers.

There is a 20 percent chance of showers before noon Sunday with a high of 60 expected. Later in the day skies will clear up and become mostly sunny.

It will be partly cloudy with a low of 36 Sunday night.

Click here for the detailed local forecast.