Wes says showers, storms return Wednesday

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A much drier air mass has settled into the state this evening and temperatures are tumbling quickly. Plan on a chilly start for Monday morning, with temperatures bottoming out in the low to mid-50s. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a few upper 40s in some of the outlying areas. I still think we could see some patchy fog early on but this will quickly give way to sunshine. The weather is going to be perfect for Monday, with highs reaching the low to mid-80s during the afternoon, with a light north wind.

The dry weather will continue through Tuesday but plan on a toasty afternoon as highs near 90 degrees. If you have plans to attend the Dave Mathews Concert at Oak Mountain Tuesday night, dry weather is expected, with a partly cloudy sky, and temperatures in the 70s.

FIRST ALERT FOR STORMS ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY: The muggy air will start to build-in on Wednesday and this will fuel scattered thunderstorms and showers for both Wednesday and Thursday. The rain chances start to ramp up Wednesday afternoon and we will see scattered storm development Wednesday night and throughout the day on Thursday. This won’t be a steady-all day type rain but I would certainly plan for the possibility of lightning delays. If you’re attending the Regions Tradition later this week have a way to receive lightning alerts, like our FREE WBRC First Alert Weather App. We will also have enough instability in place to include a chance for a strong to severe thunderstorm. These storms would be capable of producing intense lightning, strong wind gusts, hail, and locally heavy rainfall.

MORE RAIN AND STORMS FOR THE END OF THE WEEK: The stormy setup will continue through the end of the work-week as another stationary front settles into the region. This will set the stage for periods of rain and storms for Friday, Friday night, and Saturday. While I see the possibility of breaks in the rain during this period, the waves of wet weather could be with us for longer periods of time, much like what we experienced last night. I do see the rain chances backing off just in time for Mother’s Day. We will continue to fine tune the timing and pass along more specifics regarding impacts in our forecast at 9, 9:30, and 10 p.m. on WBRC.

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