FIRST ALERT: Another Round of Strong Storms Sunday

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 6:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:28 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - It has been a stormy Saturday afternoon! Thankfully the weather has calmed down this evening with most of the thunderstorms out of our area. The good news about the storms is that they cooled a good bit of east Alabama off. The bad news is that the heat is what triggered the strong and severe storms this afternoon. We saw wind gusts up to 43 mph in Birmingham. We had several storm reports of trees and powerlines going down as the storms moved to the southeast. Plan for temperatures to drop into the mid 70s tonight with a chance for some patchy fog in some spots. I’m watching a cold front to our north that is producing some scattered showers and storms in parts of Tennessee. Some of our short-term models are hinting that we could see some of this activity make its way into north Alabama Sunday morning. With that in mind, we’ll hold on to a 30% chance for showers and storms tonight. Make sure you watch Fred Hunter tomorrow morning for the latest weather updates in case some of those storms make there way into parts of Central Alabama.

Heat Advisory Continues Sunday: We are looking at one more day of hot and humid conditions across Central Alabama. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the low to mid 90s with heat index values around 103°F-108°F. We will likely start tomorrow off with a partly to mostly cloudy sky. A few showers and storms can’t be ruled out in the morning hours. Early Sunday afternoon will likely end up mostly dry and hot with a partly cloudy sky. I think our storm chances ramp up late in the afternoon hours and continue into the evening.

Next Big Thing: The stormy weather will likely continue as we head into Sunday and Monday. A strong cold front is forecast to move into our area tomorrow. With so much heat and humidity in place, I can’t rule out the potential to see strong and severe storms Sunday. The main threat will be strong winds, frequent lightning, small hail, and heavy rainfall. Some storms will be capable of producing wind gusts up to 40-60 mph. The best time to see strong storms will likely occur between 3 PM - 10 PM. Just make sure you monitor our WBRC First Alert Weather app for important weather updates and notifications.

Cooler Temperatures Return Monday: Once the cold front moves through Sunday, we will likely see cooler temperatures on Monday. Plan for a mostly cloudy sky with highs in the mid 80s. I’ll keep a 40% chance for showers and thunderstorms with the best chance occurring along and south of I-20. The northern third of Alabama will likely trend drier Monday afternoon. I think our best chance for showers will end up in the morning hours with the bulk of the stormy activity shifting into south Alabama Monday afternoon and evening.

Mostly Dry for the Middle of Next Week: Next Tuesday through Thursday is looking relatively dry with only a 20% chance for an isolated shower or thunderstorm each day. There’s a chance that our humidity levels may drop a little, so it won’t feel as muggy. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 80s with morning lows in the mid 60s. It should feel better to be outside next week compared to this past week.

Next Weekend: The following weekend forecast is looking tricky. Our two long range models are showing different solutions. The GFS is wetter showing us with a decent chance for showers and storms next Friday through Sunday. The European model is showing us dry with temperatures heating into the lower 90s. I’ll take a blend of the two models and lean with a 30% chance for widely scattered showers and storms mainly in the afternoon and evening hours. Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. We will likely have a better idea on how the upcoming weekend will shape up by next Wednesday/Thursday.

Tropical Update: The tropics remain quiet for the next three to five days. The season normally ramps up in the middle and end of August. It peaks by September 10th. Based on the overall setup, I would expect the tropics to start becoming active sooner than later. Ocean waters are warm, and the overall environment will likely become more conducive for tropical systems to form. Make sure you download the WBRC First Alert Weather App for the latest weather information.

Make sure you download the WBRC First Alert Weather App for the latest weather information.

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