FIRST ALERT: Unsettled summer pattern continues
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar is showing a few remnant storms across central Alabama with only isolated activity expected to continue overnight. Otherwise, everyone else can expect a mostly cloudy sky with areas of fog developing by Thursday morning. Temperatures will drop to the 70s with warm and muggy conditions in place.
We will hold on to the same weather pattern for the next couple of days. Rain chances continue to remain around 40-50% Thursday and Friday. The bulk of the rain will likely develop in the afternoon and evening hours. We have a stalled front across the Southeast that has been the focusing mechanism for our storm chances this week. Any storm that forms could produce heavy rainfall, frequent lightning, gusty winds, and small hail. Flash flooding can’t be ruled out with storms that barely move. Rainfall rates could add up to around 1-2 inches per hour. If it rains where you live, plan for temperatures to cool from the 80s into the 70s. Showers and storms will be ongoing through the evening hours and will dissipate through midnight. Just remember that if thunder roars, go indoors. Lows in the 70s and highs generally in the middle and upper 80s.
The weekend will not be a washout by any means. We will likely end up with a partly cloudy to mostly cloudy sky this weekend with rain chances remaining at 40-50%. Storm chances look greatest along the Gulf Coast. Temperatures could end up in the upper 80s and lower 90s. If you plan on attending any Independence Day celebrations, you should monitor the WBRC First Alert Weather app for frequent weather updates. The best chance to see rain will be in the 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. time frame. It seems a lot of the storm development wanes just in time for fireworks displays. Humidity levels will continue to remain high over the weekend. Feels like temperatures will likely trend a little warmer with many of us in the upper 90s.
Independence Day Forecast: Looks hot with still a chance for widely scattered PM storms. Hot and muggy with highs approaching 90°F. Feels like temperatures will likely climb into the upper 90s to near 100°F. Most of the rain should be out of here for Monday night fireworks.
Tropical Update: We are watching three systems in the Atlantic. The closest is in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico and has a 40% chance to form into a tropical depression or storm in the next 2-5 days. Regardless of development, it will likely give parts of Texas some much needed rainfall. We are also watching two tropical waves out in the Atlantic. Potential Tropical Cyclone Two is close to becoming a tropical storm as it moves across the Caribbean. It is forecast to make landfall in Nicaragua as a strong tropical storm by the end of the week, potentially emerging in the Pacific as a hurricane by Monday. The third system is right behind Potential Tropical Cyclone Two. It continues to have a low chance to develop over the next five days as it approaches the Windward Islands. The next two names on the Atlantic list are Bonnie and Colin.
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