FIRST ALERT: Thunderstorms arrive for the weekend; cooler temper - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL


FIRST ALERT: Thunderstorms arrive for the weekend; cooler temperatures to follow

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The Summertime like weather pattern continues this week with hot temperatures and a few spotty showers and thunderstorms. Highs this afternoon will reach the upper 80s with dew point temperatures in the 50s. This will keep the overall humidity down a bit. Rain chances this afternoon will be low. Expect temperatures during the evening to fall into the mid-60s with mostly clear skies.

Friday should be another hot day with temperatures in the mid-80s. In case you're wondering, our high temperatures are running about 8 degrees above average this week. The long range forecast does keep the temperatures above average through the next few months with average rain chances. Rain chances will be around 20-percent during the afternoon Friday. Overnight lows will fall into the lower to mid-60s.

Saturday will be a day of transition with a good chance for thunderstorms later in the day. If you're going to the A-Day game in Tuscaloosa, the game will begin dry with rain chances climbing after 5 p.m. I would make sure to have the rain gear just in case. The best chances for widespread rain and storms will come after sunset and continue through the evening hours. Highs on Saturday will reach the lower 80s.

First Alert: A few storms could become strong ahead of a major cold front. This front will mean a 20 degree temperature drop. Expect thunderstorms producing periods of heavy rain, gusty winds over 30 mph, and frequent lightning. Make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather warnings Saturday evening. Fortunately, it does not look like a setup for tornadoes. The greatest risk for stronger storms is west of I-65 with storms weakening as they move east. We could see some lingering showers early Sunday.

Cooler temperatures are in the forecast Sunday. Expect highs in the mid to upper 60s with clearing skies by the afternoon. Expect gusty winds out of the north and northwest.  We will see the return of sunshine on Monday through Wednesday with highs in the upper 70s.

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