BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday! Temperatures were several degrees above average today with Birmingham recording a high of 60°F. It was a little warmer in east Alabama where a few spots climbed into the middle 60s. Temperatures this evening have cooled back into the 40s and 50s. First Alert AccuTrack Radar and Satellite is showing most of us dry. We have watched some light spotty showers in east Alabama earlier this evening. A disturbance is moving through tonight that will give us some cloud cover and only a small chance for a stray shower. Winds are picking up around 5-15 mph making it feel several degrees colder. Plan for a mostly cloudy sky tonight with overnight lows dipping into the mid to upper 30s. You’ll need a coat if you plan on heading outside tomorrow morning.
Quadrantid Meteor Shower Early Sunday Morning: I want to give everyone a first alert to potentially see a few shooting stars before sunrise Sunday morning. The Quadrantid meteor shower is forecast to peak around 8:30 AM. Obviously, it will be daylight at that point. I can’t rule out a few shooting stars between 4 AM- 6 AM Sunday morning. Simply look northeast and hope clouds have decreased a little. It is only a narrow window that the Quadrantid meteor peaks. I just think it might be a little difficult to see for us across Central Alabama early Sunday morning.
First Alert for Cooler Temperatures Sunday: We’ll start Sunday off with a mix of sun and clouds with temperatures in the 30s. We will be several degrees cooler tomorrow thanks to a weak cold front that will move through our area tonight. Plan for a partly cloudy sky Sunday with high temperatures climbing into the lower 50s. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5-10 mph. Weather should be great if you haven’t had the chance to take down holiday decorations outside. Dry Start to 2021: We will go through a couple of dry days as we start the first full week of 2021. Monday will start off with low temperatures in the low to mid 30s. Temperatures will trend a few degrees above average with highs in the upper 50s. Tuesday and Wednesday will stay dry with morning temperatures in the mid 30s and highs in the upper 50s. Tuesday is shaping up to be sunny, but clouds are forecast to increase as we head into Wednesday afternoon.
Next Big Thing: Our next big thing is the arrival for showers Thursday. A disturbance is forecast to develop to our west and bring some light to moderate rainfall across Central Alabama Thursday morning into the afternoon hours. Rain chances are up around 40%. I am not expecting a lot of rain with this system with most locations picking up around a quarter of an inch. Temperatures could be slightly cooler thanks to cloud cover with highs in the low to mid 50s. Strong thunderstorms are not expected with our next rain chance. We will continue to monitor the latest models as things can easily change between now and Thursday. End of the Week: Models are hinting at a small chance for a few showers Friday in the northern third of Alabama as a disturbance pushes through. We’ll finish out the upcoming week with high temperatures climbing into the lower 50s and lows in the lower 30s. Next weekend is looking mostly dry with only a small rain chance possible next Sunday.