March was warmest ever statewide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The month just ended was the warmest March on record across Tennessee.

National Weather Service records for Memphis show the mean temperature in the city -- averaging the high and low temperatures for each day of the month -- was 10.8 degrees above normal with a reading of 64.8 degrees.

The same was true in Nashville, where the mean reading of 61.1 degrees was 11.1 degrees above normal.

Chattanooga, too, had a double-digit departure -- 10.7 -- while Knoxville was 10.1 degrees above normal for the month and the Tri-Cities was 10.2 degrees to the warm side.

Forecasters said the lack of strong cold fronts moving through the state helped maintain the warm temperatures.

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