FIRST ALERT: Hottest air of the season so far this week

Published: May. 18, 2022 at 5:35 AM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 10:28 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Many locations topping off around 90°. The air is most comfortable east of I-65 where the dewpoint temperatures are in the 50s versus the 60s in west Alabama. A few passing clouds through tonight and temperatures cooling into the upper 60s and lower 70s. Partly sunny tomorrow and temperatures soaring into the lower and middle 90s. It will likely be the hottest day of 2022 so far. Humidity levels will end up a little higher, but it won’t be super uncomfortable. Winds will blow from the southwest at 10-15 mph tomorrow. Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston will end up 2-5 degrees shy of tying or breaking record high temperatures.

Temperatures will continue to trend above normal through Saturday. Keeping it mainly dry this week, but things sure are going to change over the weekend. A front makes a move on us this weekend, humidity climbs, and scattered showers and storms form on Saturday evening and especially at times during the day on Sunday. The first part of Saturday looks dry and hot as of now but keep a watch out for developing showers and storms especially later in the day. Storms that form have the chance to become strong or severe thanks to an unstable atmosphere. The main threats will be damaging winds, frequent lightning, heavy rainfall, and some hail. Have outdoor plans? Pay attention to any alerts you might get via the WBRC First Alert Weather App.

The greatest coverage of showers and storms this weekend will likely occur on Sunday. We are forecasting a 70% coverage of showers and storms due to a cold front stalling out across our area. Monitor the WBRC First Alert Weather App for radar and weather updates. Storms that develop Sunday could become strong, but we don’t see any organized threat for severe storms. Main impacts will be pockets of heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and lightning. Highs on Sunday will be significantly lower thanks to cloud cover and higher rain chances. Highs will likely end up in the upper 70s and lower 80s Sunday afternoon. It will be muggy though so expect to sweat!

The first half of next week remains a little unsettled as the cold front slowly drifts to the southeast. We will hold onto scattered showers and storm chances next Monday through Wednesday. Rain chances will be around 30-40%. Temperatures will trend a little lower than compared to this week with highs in the low to mid 80s. The second half of next week is looking drier and warmer with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. We are keeping an isolated storm chance going into Memorial Day Weekend, but a lot can change before now and then so keep checking back with us if you have big plans.

Stay cool.


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