FIRST ALERT: June starting off on a hot note
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - This evening we are tracking a few remnant thundershowers on First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar, located east of I-65 and south of I-20. With the loss of daytime heating, any meager rain coverage will begin to wane shortly, and for tonight expect a mostly clear sky and lows falling to near 70 again.
Wednesday is the start of meteorological summer and the Atlantic Hurricane Season! The heat will be the big story as we start the month of June. Tomorrow will feature a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky with the humidity making it feel even hotter than what it says on the thermometer. Highs will reach the upper 80s and low 90s. Once again, we will see isolated showers and a few storms form tomorrow afternoon. Locally heavy downpours are likely, some lightning, and gusty winds. Just like today, anything that forms will fade away after 8 p.m.
A weak cold front is forecast to move into Central Alabama Thursday, bringing us better rain coverage by the afternoon. We’ll start the first half of Thursday hot and dry with highs climbing to near 90. Scattered showers and storms will likely develop ahead of the front Thursday afternoon and evening. A few storms could become strong or severe, but overall the risk is low. The main threat will be damaging winds, hail, and frequent lightning. Just make sure you have ways to receive weather updates through the WBRC First Alert Weather app. Remember that when thunder roars, go indoors.
Data still shows the front moving to our south and hanging out across south Alabama on Friday. Drier and more comfortable air will settle in for areas especially north of I-20 the first part of the weekend before turning muggy again. A stray shower can’t be ruled out on Friday afternoon, especially south of I-20 but generally we look dry.
The first weekend of meteorological summer will end up hot and mostly dry. We will likely see highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s with overnight lows in the 60s. Saturday morning will likely be our coolest morning of the week with temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s thanks to lower humidity levels. Saturday is looking mostly dry with a rain chance at 10%. Isolated thunderstorms can’t be ruled out Sunday afternoon/evening with a rain chance at 20%. It should be a great weekend to spend some time at the pool or the lake. Next week looks very summer-like with warm and humid conditions a chance of a few pop-up storms at times.
Tropical Update: Hurricane Agatha made landfall in Mexico yesterday afternoon as a Category 2. It is now just a disturbance, but the remnants could redevelop over the southern Gulf of Mexico and western Caribbean over the next 5 days. The National Hurricane Center is highlighting a 70% chance for tropical development over the next five days and a 40% chance over the next 24 hours. Most of our long-range models indicate tropical depression or storm formation. If it redevelops into a tropical storm, it will receive the name “Alex”. Thanks to high pressure, this system will likely stay away from the Alabama coastline. Most of the models have this storm impacting the Florida Peninsula Friday and possibly emerging into the Atlantic as we head into the weekend. It could be a big rain maker for areas like Tampa and Miami and potentially even as far north as Orlando. Rip current threat could increase across the Gulf Coast over the weekend, but that’s the only indirect impacts this system poses on the Alabama and Florida Panhandle. Hurricane season officially begins June 1st and ends on November 30.
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