BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - High pressure and light southerly winds will dominate the weather through the end of the weekend. Although we can't rule out rain chances, it's likely it will only occur in the afternoon. High temperatures will be around 80 degrees. Tonight, the front approaches and there could be a shower or two in Northwest Central Alabama late tonight but most areas will remain dry. The ridge of high pressure remains in place for most of Monday and Tuesday and continues to be the dominant weather system over the Gulf States. The cold front will stall by midday along a line from North Mississippi to Northwest Alabama and South Tennessee. This could produce a few showers along the front early Monday but these rain areas will again be limited. Still only isolated to widely scattered light rain showers are expected during the day on Monday primarily north of I-20. Clouds will be more evident across North Alabama but generally temperatures will be above normal with highs ranging from 77 to 81.
Monday night the front will temporarily push stall and move slowly north which will serve as the focusing area for more rain primarily across Tennessee. There could be a few showers to the north and west with the possibility for a a few rain areas in the north lingering into Monday night. The front will begin to push south Tuesday and Tuesday night. The cold front is expected to reach the northwest counties Tuesday night but the best chances for rain still appear to be after the front as passed. There could also be a few rumbles of thunder associated with the front Tuesday but strong to severe storms are not expected. High temperatures will be a little cooler with the increased cloud cover associated with the front. The front will push slowly south reaching the I-20 Corridor by early Wednesday morning. Rain chances remain highest during this mid-week time period. The front will continue to sag south but through the area Wednesday with widespread clouds but any thunderstorm chances will likely be limited to Southeast Alabama. Drier and cooler temperatures will arrive for Friday and Saturday with a return to more nearly normal temperatures.