FIRST ALERT: Extreme heat, drought conditions impacting central Alabama

First Alert Weather 10p 8-18-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We are tracking a few isolated showers and storms over Jefferson County this evening. The chance for a stray shower or storm will gradually come to an end by early morning with lows tonight in the 70s.

Any rain is a good thing because we have some serious drought conditions developing across our area. The worst of the drought is over Jefferson, Shelby, and Chilton counties, but this is starting to expand west and east. The drought and dryness is also adding to the extreme heat by helping temperatures reach triple digit levels during the day.

We will be talking about a slight increase in the muggy levels so this will push the heat index closer to heat advisory levels (105º+) on Monday and Tuesday.

WHEN TO EXPECT HIGHER RAIN CHANCES: The chance for scattered storms and showers will continue on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. A storm or shower could pop-up anywhere in the area Monday afternoon but the coverage looks greatest to the west and east. The wet weather will be more widely scattered by mid-week.

We will be tracking another cold front that will end up stalling before reaching our area on Thursday. This will be a focal point for more scattered rain and storm development for the end of the week. Right now I’m seeing the better rain chances with this system north of I-20 but hopefully some rain will develop further south and help out the drought conditions.

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