We are tracking a few isolated thunderstorms and showers this afternoon. The coverage has certainly thinned out and the thundershowers are more localized. We could see a few additional pop-ups through this evening so keep our First Alert Weather App handy for possible lightning alerts. We will also continue to experience a period of hot, humid, and rain free weather for this afternoon and evening under a partly cloudy sky. Lows tonight will be in the 70s.
FIRST ALERT FOR BUILDING HEAT: One of the big stories this week is the potential heat wave. Temperatures tomorrow and Wednesday won’t be too far from average, with highs in the 90s. There may also be a few stray afternoon pop-up storms. A strong upper level ridge of high pressure will build in from the west by Thursday, and this will set the stage for above average temperatures. Some data is suggesting highs nearing the triple digit mark for parts of the area. I don’t think we’ll see triple digits, but we could see some mid to upper 90s for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The soil moisture from recent rains should keep highs below the century mark. That said, feels-like temperatures could easily top 105º. With this kind of heat, there may be a few stray afternoon pop-up storms that could be big lighting producers. The chance for rain during this time frame will be less than 20%. I’d plan on earlier starts out at the job site and plan for frequent breaks. Check on loved ones and don’t forget about our four-legged friends. Make sure everyone has a way to stay cool this week.
THE WEEKEND: The hotter than average temperatures may only last through Saturday because we are seeing some indications that the ridge may weaken a bit by Sunday. There could be an increasing number of scattered storms and showers later in the weekend and early next week as a disturbance tracks south of our area. We will have more details on the weekend forecast this evening on WBRC. We will also have updates on two tropical systems we are tracking the Atlantic. Have a great afternoon!
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