FIRST ALERT: Scattered PM storms early in the week & dangerous heat levels

Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 6:39 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2021 at 10:32 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - There are a few lingering showers and storms on radar, but I expect after 10PM for the activity to fizzle out.  A First Alert for areas of fog to form tonight which means you could have a slower than normal ride into work tomorrow morning due to limited visibility.  We start off dry, muggy and in the 70s and after 10AM we will see showers and storms forming.  The coverage looks higher than today, and the activity will be moving in from the north.  Storms could locally produce up to 3″ in a short period of time which could result in flash flooding so please pay attention to any alert you might get via the WBRC First Alert Weather App.  Strong wind gusts will also be possible along with frequent lightning.  A front nears our area which will enhance the rain coverage to about 50% both Monday and Tuesday and then a ridge of high pressure really takes over.  That will mean hotter temperatures and lower rain chances.

OUR NEXT BIG THING will be the heat and humidity intensifying this week.  Highs in the lower to middle 90s to start off the week and then middle and upper 90s after that.   Heat and humidity combined will create feels like temperatures potentially exceeding 105° for several hours.  If that’s the case, then the NWS will issue a heat advisory.  I see a better chance of that happening after Wednesday.  You and or pets shouldn’t be exposed to that kind of heat for a long period of time, or a heat related illness could easily occur whether an advisory is issued or not.  Remember to never leave a pet or person in a hot vehicle, not even if the windows are cracked.

The system we have been watching off the east coast of Florida has an even lower chance of tropical formation as it drifts westward.  40% chance of formation now over the next 2-5 days.

Stay cool,

Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert Certified Meteorologist

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