FIRST ALERT: Wet weather at times this week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Scattered showers and storms have finally been developing across central Alabama this evening, bringing some heavy downpours and thunder. Off-and-on rain and storms will continue overnight, making for some pleasant sleeping weather. Lows will bottom out in the upper 60s and low 70s tomorrow morning with cloudy skies. With the possibility of rain lingering into the morning, we have a First Alert for at least some wet roads for the AM commute.
Our Next Big Thing is a cold front moving in from the northwest that will stay parked out over Alabama this week and spark higher than average rain chances each day. That doesn’t mean it will be raining all day long every day, but rain and storms will be widespread at times. The severe threat looks low over the next few days, but we can’t rule out at least a few strong storms at times. Keep the umbrella and rain jacket nearby through Thursday, as we expect a good several inches of rain to fall in the coming days. With all the rain around and incoming “cooler” air, highs will struggle to get any warmer than the low to mid 80s over the next few days. We may only stay in the upper 70s for highs on Tuesday and Thursday. For what it’s worth though, the muggy air will still be around through mid-week.
By Tuesday morning, we could see areas of fog developing across central Alabama in the wake of the rain on Monday. If you’re headed to the polls to vote in the Alabama Primaries, make sure to check the WBRC First Alert Weather app for any fog around if you plan to go in the morning, and then later in the day for any scattered rain and storms around. Rain coverage looks the “lowest” on Tuesday (around 50-60%), but increases to 70% on Wednesday and Thursday as another cold front moves into the state. This system will dry us out by Friday, bringing a pleasant start to Memorial Day Weekend.
For the holiday weekend, if you’re staying close to home, we expect a mainly dry weekend across central Alabama. Temperatures will fall into the 50s for Friday and Saturday mornings with highs in the low to mid 80s under a sunny sky. The heat and humidity creeps back up by Sunday and Memorial Day though, and we can’t totally rule out a pop-up thunderstorm early next week. But, no major weather issues for your outdoor plans!
TRACKING THE TROPICS: A disturbance in the Gulf of Mexico will continue to produce unsettled weather from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle over the next few days. There is a very slim chance (10% or less) we actually get a developing system out of this disorganized area of rain and storms, but we just wanted to give you a First Alert that we’re watching it regardless. No need to worry about travel plans for Memorial Day Weekend.
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