BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - STORMY PATTERN AHEAD: The summer solstice arrived today at 4:44 PM, marking the official start of the astronomical summer season. It certainly felt like summer today, with many areas experiencing temperatures in the low 90s. Most locations will remain dry tonight, with a partly cloudy sky, and with lows near 70º. The pattern will be changing, starting on Father’s Day, with a transition into a more stormy setup. Scattered storms and showers will be more numerous Sunday afternoon and on Monday as conditions aloft become more unstable. A shower or storm also can’t be ruled out in the vicinity of the Talladega Superspeedway, so keep an eye on the weather app for lightning alerts. Storms and showers will be most likely during the peak heating of the day, however a shower or storm can’t be ruled out in the evening.
HIGHER RAIN CHANCES FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: Although rain chances will be increasing over the next two days, there will be plenty of breaks for washing the car or working on the lawn or garden. I would try to plan outdoor projects for the next two days because rain chances will be much higher for Tuesday and Wednesday. Scattered thunderstorms and showers will be likely by mid-week and these higher rain chances will also keep afternoon temperatures in the middle 80s. It’s also going to feel very muggy and humid next week. This will be very noticeable at night, with lows remaining in the 70s. The chance for rain will not only be limited to the afternoon but we could see some development before lunchtime and even during the overnight hours. While no organized or widespread severe weather is expected in the days ahead, there is a chance we could see a few isolated strong to severe storms. The primary threats will include damaging wind gusts, intense lightning, and locally heavy rainfall.
LATE NEXT WEEK: A cold front will move into the state and stall by Thursday. This will temporarily limit the number of storms and showers that develop over northern areas, with the highest rain chances over south areas. The chance for scattered storms will become more widespread on Friday and next Saturday. However, the timing of the wet weather will return to the more typical afternoon window, with most of the development during the peak heating of the day. Temperatures will also return to the upper 80º range, with the possibility of highs back in the low 90s next weekend. Things looks to remain quiet in the tropics next week so if you have a beach trip planned for places like Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, you can expect highs in the 80s, with a chance of scattered storms in the afternoon. There is one disturbance near the Carolinas with a very low chance of development but this system will be quickly moving away from the United States next week. I’ll share the latest beach forecast and also have more specifics on when to expect rain next week in our First Alert Weather Forecast starting at 9PM on WBRC Fox6.