FIRST ALERT: Afternoon storms this weekend, also keeping a watch on the tropics

First Alert Weather 9p Update: 6-24-22
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 6:12 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 9:37 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The heat wave continues across Alabama, with temperatures rising into the middle to upper 90s this afternoon. As expected, very little rain has developed, despite the building afternoon heat. There is a chance a stray shower could develop to the far east through early evening. Otherwise, hot and dry weather will continue well into the evening. Temperatures by 10 p.m. will still be in the low 80s in some areas, with overnight lows in the 70s. Plan for more hot weather this weekend, and it will feel a bit more humid, which will increase heat index values. The feels-like temperature could top 100º over the next two days in several areas. The good news is rain chances have increased for the weekend, with a better opportunity for some pop-up storms and showers for tomorrow afternoon and Sunday afternoon. While any rain would be welcomed and could bring some much needed heat relief, we will need to be alert for the possibility of stronger storms. Any storms that develop in this sort of environment could produce some intense cloud to ground lightning and gusty winds. So if you are out on the lake tomorrow or by the pool, be sure to keep an eye on our WBRC First Alert Weather App for the possibility of a lightning alert.

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT WEEK: The final week of the month will feature more chances for afternoon storms and showers. In fact, a front will enter the area on Monday, with an increase in scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening. This system will provide a little heat relief, with highs back in the upper 80s and low 90s for the start of the week. We could see more scattered storms on Tuesday, but the higher rain chances will shift into the southern part of the state. The mugginess will start to ramp-up by mid-week, so it’s still going to feel quite hot and steamy at times, especially for the remainder of the week. The chance for some afternoon shower and storms development will also continue through at-least next Friday.

We’re also monitoring a tropical system in the eastern Atlantic, labeled Invest 94L. This won’t have any impacts on beach plans for this weekend. With respect to the weekend of the 4th, global data still shows this system maintaining a westerly course across the Caribbean. We will continue to closely monitor as this may become the next tropical depression within the next five days. I’ll have lots of updates in weather every six minutes on WBRC FOX6 News.

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