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Wes: Storm chances linger into Monday; First Alert for possible Heat Wave this week

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REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT: We continue to track some scattered storm development this afternoon but most of the wet weather is near and south of the I-59 corridor. Storms will remain more localized this afternoon and their forward speed has increased a bit, which is better news with respect to the flood threat. Still be on the lookout for some intense cloud to ground lightning, torrential rain, small hail, and gusty winds in association with stronger storms. The general motion of the showers and storm will be southerly. The storms and showers will dissipate tonight, with lows in the 70s.

FIRST ALERT FOR A POSSIBLE HEAT WAVE THIS WEEK: A stalled front will continue to be the focus for scattered storms and showers for tomorrow and Tuesday.  Highs each day will surge into the low 90s, with spotty storms and showers after 1 p.m. The chances for rain will be on the decline by Wednesday as a strong upper-level ridge of high pressure develops to our west. The forecast data is now back on-board with the possibility of some extreme heat as this ridge builds over our region by Thursday. This would set the stage for highs in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index values easily topping 100°.  As you plan the work-week I would schedule for early starts on Thursday and Friday. Also, double check with friends and family to make sure everyone, including the pets, has a cool shelter and working air conditioner. The chance for an afternoon storm or shower will continue through the end of the week; however, the coverage will be very limited. Rain chances will drop below 20% by Friday. I will share more specifics including details on the forecast for next weekend at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. on WBRC Fox6 News.

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