BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - STORMS POSSIBLE SUNDAY: So far the weekend has been dry but that will be changing on Sunday, as scattered storms and showers return to the forecast. We’re tracking three complexes of storms over the midwest that will drop south overnight. Forecast guidances shows the possibility of showers or storms over our far western counties early tomorrow, with an increasing chance for showers and storms development further east in the afternoon. Some storms may be strong or severe, with the threat of damaging wind gusts, hail, and intense lightning. So keep an eye on the WBRC First Alert Weather App for strong storm advisories and lightning alerts. The chance for storms will continue into the evening hours and gradually dissipate overnight. Temperatures at night will continue to bottom out in the 70s.
EXTREME HEAT LEVELS FOR NEXT WEEK: A heat wave is impacting states west of Alabama with numerous heat advisories and excessive heat warnings stretching from Mississippi al the way across the state of Texas. A high pressure ridge responsible for this hot weather will move our way and help reduce the number of scattered storms and showers for most of the work-week. Rain chances will drop to 20% starting on Monday, with rain-free days for many locations through mid-week. The core of the very hot air will be sliding east so high temperatures will be rising into the middle to upper 90s by the middle of the week. It is possible the air temperature could reach the triple digit mark in a couple of areas on Wednesday and Thursday. So try to start outdoor projects early next week and plan for dangerous heat levels by late morning and continuing into the afternoon. Once again, a pop-up storm or shower could bring some heat relief to a few areas but the coverage of wet weather will be isolated.
LATE WEEK: The very hot weather will continue through end of the week but there are indications the ridge will weaken some next weekend. This would create a setup more favorable for more widespread scattered storms in the afternoon hours. Despite this increase in scattered storms, I would still plan on watering the lawn and garden. The wet weather will remain hit or miss, with no organized rainfall or tropical systems expected late in the forecast period. I’ll have more specifics on temperatures and rain chances starting at 10PM on WBRC Fox6.