FIRST ALERT: Feeling around 105 degrees through 6 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A Heat Advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m., which means the feels like temperatures will be around 105° for several hours up until that point. It does not include our far eastern counties such as Clay, Cleburne, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Chambers and Cullman county. Temperatures are getting close to record territory in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham. We would need to reach 101°F in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Anniston to tie a record. If you plan on attending the Barons game this evening, it will be very warm. Temperatures at 7 p.m. will likely end up near 90°F and cool into the low to mid 80s by the end of the game. The chance for a pop-up shower is 10 percent through the early evening hours.
Mostly clear and in the middle 70s to start tomorrow. A comfy front will move across Central Alabama tomorrow. It will drop humidity levels a bit as we head into Friday. Ahead of the front, we will likely end up hot and a little muggy. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 90s again with heat index values around 105°F. It would not surprise me if another heat advisory were issued again for tomorrow. Based on the latest data, I went back down to 20 percent for the coverage of rain and storms. Best coverage will likely occur along and south of I-20. Most of us will end up hot and dry tomorrow afternoon. Winds will be out of the north-northwest at 10-15 mph.
The hot weather will stick around as we approach the weekend. Overnight lows are forecast to cool into the low to mid 70s with highs in the upper 90s Friday and Saturday. I think we’ll stay dry Friday afternoon with a mostly sunny sky. A stray shower will be possible for far east Alabama Friday afternoon, but most of us will end up hot and dry. We could see a few more clouds Saturday with a 20% chance of an isolated shower or storm, especially east. If you plan on heading to the lake or pool this weekend, make sure you apply sunscreen and wear a hat! The UV Index will remain in the extreme range meaning you can easily burn within 15 minutes. Sunday we will increase our rain chance to 30 percent, but I wouldn’t cancel any outdoor activities. We’ll end up partly cloudy Sunday afternoon with highs in the mid to upper 90s.
The pattern will likely change next week as the strong ridge of high pressure weakens and moves away. It will allow our high temperatures to drop back to average with highs in the lower 90s and give us a chance for afternoon showers and storms. A weak cold front will likely move into the Southeast Monday giving us a 40 percent chance for scattered showers and storms. Storms that form next week will have the chance to become strong. Main threat will be gusty winds, frequent lightning, and small hail. The rest of the week will end up like your typical summertime pattern where heat and humidity could activate random showers and storms. Rain chances will be hit or miss, but at least we have the chance to see something each day vs a dry and very hot pattern. Rain chance for the middle and end of next week around 30 percent.
Stay cool and hydrated.
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