BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: Temperatures have already tumbled into the 40s in many locations and there is a good chance lows will be near freezing in the morning, with areas of frost. Be sure to bring in the plants and take measures to protect sensitive vegetation. Many plants are blooming due to the recent wave of unseasonably warm weather. After a cold start in the morning, temperatures will make a nice recovery into the middle to upper 60s, with a mostly sunny sky. We will also have a light north wind at 5 to 10 mph.
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: The weather situation for next week will feature a stretch of very nice spring-like weather. High pressure will become centered over the state by Tuesday and this will keep the sky mostly sunny on Monday. Some high clouds may mix in on Tuesday, but it’s still going to be a very nice and tranquil day. Highs will approach 70º on Monday and top the 70º mark on Tuesday. You’ll need the long sleeves at times, as temperatures tumble into the middle 30s Sunday night and low 40s Monday night.
A south wind will return on Wednesday, but the dry pattern will continue through the middle and end of the workweek. Temperatures by Thursday and Friday may top 80º in a few areas. Moisture levels will start to increase by the end of the week, so this will bring a mixture of clouds and sunshine for Thursday and Friday, with a more humid-feel returning next weekend.
THE LONG RANGE: Another cold front will drop into the mid-south region late next week. This will bring a returning chance of showers to the far northern portions of Alabama on Friday and Saturday. Our area will continue to enjoy dry weather on Friday and Saturday, but eventually this system will drop into our area and bring a chance of rain and possibly thunderstorms around March 14th or 15th.
If you have vacation time coming up next week, you sure picked a very nice week for enjoying some time off. The weather is going to be perfect for outdoor activities. I’m sure we’ll need to factor in a car wash at some point as tree pollen levels continue to rise. I’ll have more specifics on the long range forecast starting at 9 p.m. on WBRC Fox6. You can also watch the live stream on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.