BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A heat advisory remains in effect for west Alabama including the cities of Jasper, Hamilton, Tuscaloosa, Carrollton, Fayette, and Haleyville until 7 PM today. When you factor in the humidity, it could feel like it is between 101°F-106°F. Make sure you take several breaks and stay hydrated if you have to work outside today. Being exposed to that kind of heat for a long period of time can cause heat related illnesses. The chance for rain today is 20%.
Saturday will be hot with highs in the 90s but drier air moves in which means it won’t feel much above the actual air temperature. Main rain chance looks greatest in Mississippi tomorrow afternoon.
Northwest flow aloft continues through the weekend and we will have to watch a complex of storms on Sunday morning and redevelopment locally on Sunday afternoon. A First Alert for a few strong wind and or hail producers.
Next week is shaping up to be the hottest week so far of 2020. Models are showing an area of high pressure strengthening across the eastern half of the United States. This dome of sinking air will really allow us to heat up into the mid 90s Monday through Wednesday. By the second half of the week, high temperatures could flirt near 100°F in some locations. Humidity will remain present making it feel a few degrees warmer. Temperatures this hot could become dangerous for those who might have air conditioning issues or have to work outside. Rain looks limited next week with only isolated storms possible during the afternoon hours.
Tropical Storm Fay is nearing the New Jersey coastline with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Fay is forecast to move into the Northeast through tomorrow producing gusty winds and heavy rainfall that could cause flooding. The rest of the tropics remain quiet. Keep up with the heat locally, pop up storms and the tropics via the WBRC First Alert Weather App.