FIRST ALERT: Code orange air quality alert Saturday for Jefferson and Shelby counties

First Alert Weather 9p 6-26-20

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The Jefferson County Department of Health has issued a code orange air quality alert for Saturday in Jefferson and Shelby counties. The air will be unhealthy for sensitive groups to be exposed to for a prolonged period of time. This will mainly impact those with lung or heart issues.

Just like this morning, we could see colorful sunrises and sunsets with the dust around. We are keeping a chance for some rain and storms in the forecast tomorrow especially in the morning to the northwest but during the afternoon it looks like only a 30% chance. Any storm that forms during the afternoon could turn strong or severe. Strong winds, hail, frequent lightning and blinding rain will be possible with the strongest of the storms. Sunday will be the same and hot and muggy weather persists!

FIRST ALERT air quality for Saturday
FIRST ALERT air quality for Saturday (Source: WBRC)

If you are heading down to the Alabama Gulf Coast this weekend, plan for muggy conditions and very warm temperatures. The sky will likely remain hazy from the dust and it will be mostly cloudy. Saturday is looking like the driest of the two with a 20% chance for an isolated storm. Rain chances go up a little Sunday and highs will top off in the upper 80s. Good news is that the rip current threat is forecast to remain low over the weekend. Despite the cloud cover, remember to always wear sunscreen!

FIRST ALERT Saturday outlook
FIRST ALERT Saturday outlook (Source: WBRC)

Next week looks muggy and hot and rain chances will be high. We will have to monitor for localized flooding and a few strong storms.

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