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FIRST ALERT: Tracking widely scattered areas of rain, storms that could bring localized heat relief

Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 6:18 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 23, 2022 at 3:04 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Tracking widely scattered areas of rain and storms moving southeast across Central Alabama. This activity is forming in the muggy air and providing localized heat relief. A Heat Advisory remains in effect for counties generally along and especially south of I-20 through 7 p.m. The feel in many locations is slightly above 100°. The breeze will hopefully help you cool down a bit too if you don’t happen to see a passing shower. Shower chance remains through about 8 p.m. Drier air filters in by tomorrow and you’ll notice the better feeling air.

Thursday evening.
Thursday evening.(Source: Jill Gilardi/WBRC)

Starting off tomorrow with lows in the 60s most places. Highs in the upper 90s and feeling like the upper 90s. Winds will flow from the north at 5-10 mph. Enjoy tomorrow because muggier air is set to return from east to west over the weekend. There’s a low chance we could see a stray shower or storm in far east Alabama tomorrow afternoon and evening, but most of us will remain hot and dry. Rain and storm coverage climbs to 30 percent over the weekend. Plan for morning temperatures to start out in the low to mid 70s with highs in the mid to upper 90s. When you factor in the humidity, it will likely feel like it is in the 105°F range this weekend. Any storm that develops this weekend could end up strong. Main threat will be gusty winds, frequent lightning, and possibly small hail. Just make sure you monitor the WBRC First Alert Weather App if you plan on spending time outdoors. Remember that when thunder roars, go indoors.

A comfy front is forecast to move into Central Alabama early next week. Our greatest chance to see showers and storms will likely occur Monday afternoon and evening. Rain chance has increased to 50%. We’ll likely end up closer to average Monday afternoon with highs in the lower 90s. Storms that develop Monday could end up strong. Hopefully we’ll see a little bit of rain as we could use it after a mostly dry week. The rest of next week will give us a 20-30% chance for rain with highs in the low to mid 90s. Best chance for rain for the middle of next week will likely occur along and south of I-20.

Tropical Update: Models hint that in the next five to ten days we may need to watch the Caribbean for potential tropical development, but I see nothing that will impact the United States within the week. If you plan on heading to the Gulf Coast this weekend, plan for hot and mostly dry conditions.

Monitoring radar trends.

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