First Alert Update: An increasing chance for rain and storms, with more seasonal heat levels for the start of the week; also monitoring two disturbances in the tropics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The heat index at Birmingham has once again topped 105º this afternoon, with heat index levels near 100º across parts of west and east Alabama. Dangerous heat levels will continue through the remainder of the day, but some relief is on the way. We’re tracking a front that will drop into our area tonight and bring an increasing chance for storms. We could see some isolated pop-up storms through early evening, but later tonight rain and storms will drop in from the northwest. The greatest impacts later tonight will be for areas northwest of Birmingham. However, the axis of wet weather will eventually shift further south and east tomorrow morning. As we start the day, there could be some wet weather on the radar, with most of the rain/storms becoming favorable in locations along and south of I-20 after lunchtime. Some storms may be strong, with gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall, and intense lightning. The good news is this will keep high temperatures in the 80s tomorrow. Some drier air could even drop into far northern areas tomorrow night, bringing a less-humid feel for northern areas Tuesday morning.
THE REST OF THE WEEK will feature seasonal summertime weather across our area. The mugginess will quickly ramp-up through the middle of the week. High temperatures will be closer to average, but it’s going to feel hotter due to the humidity. More scattered showers and storms will be developing to the south on Tuesday, with scattered pop-up storms area-wide through the rest of the week. Rain chances for the remainder of the workweek will be mostly limited to the afternoon and evening hours, during the peak heating the day, and gradually dissipating overnight. This seasonal trend looks to continue through the 4th of July Holiday Weekend.
TROPICS: We’ve also been tracking storms along a trough axis near the Alabama Gulf Coast. There are indications this may try to become organized into a tropical system over the northwest Gulf this week. The chance for development is low and this system will be moving away from Alabama, in a westerly direction. There is a greater chance for tropical development over the Atlantic as Invest 94L maintains a westerly track. If you have travel plans across the southeast region later in the week, this system looks to remain well south of the coast, maintaining a track across the Caribbean. If a system develops, we will have the latest tropical forecast tracks posted on the WBRC First Alert Weather App. I’ll also have more specifics in First Alert Weather tonight at 9,9:30, and 10 P.M.
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