FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Seasonable summer weather for the 4th weekend
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Kicking off the first weekend of July with typical summertime weather: hot, muggy, and pop-up storms around. Our First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar shows the bulk of rain this evening across the southern half of the state, but a few hit-or-miss storms have managed to fire up across central Alabama. Isolated thunderstorms will be possible through sunset with any activity waning overnight. Temperatures will fall into the 70s for Sunday morning with some patchy fog possible.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND: For the rest of the weekend, you can “copy and paste” the forecast from day-to-day -- a trend that may very well continue into next week! Highs will climb into the low 90s for Sunday and the 4th with humidity running high. Expect a mix of sun and clouds and a 40-50% coverage of widely scattered storms during the afternoon and evening hours. Good news is only an isolated storm or two is possible past sunset on Independence Day, making for great viewing conditions for fireworks during the evening. Any storms that develop can produce heavy downpours and lightning. As always, you know the drill: when thunder roars, go indoors! Make sure you’re staying up to date on any storms around through the WBRC First Alert Weather App.
NEXT BIG THING: The week ahead will feature a building ridge of high pressure across much of the U.S. that will lock the Southeast under a hot and muggy pattern, pushing high temperatures into the low to mid 90s each day. Rising humidity levels will have the potential to put feels-like temperatures back in the triple digits each afternoon. Each day will feature a chance of hit-or-miss storms, though no day looks to be a washout. A stalled front could bring better rain coverage by NEXT weekend.
TROPICAL UPDATE: Tropical Storm Colin formed over the Coastal Carolinas early today, bringing unsettled weather to the Southeast Coast for the holiday weekend. Scattered showers and gusty winds will continue to be an issue around the Carolinas for the holiday weekend, but the system will eventually make its way eastward out to sea early next week. Meanwhile, another disturbance in the Caribbean as a low chance of development as it moves westward over the next several days. In the Eastern Pacific, The center of Tropical Storm Bonnie has emerged from Nicaragua and will push westward over open water, eventually becoming a hurricane south of Mexico early next week. The potential for flooding and tropical-storm for winds will continue to bring issues to Nicaragua and Costa Rica through early Sunday though. No immediate threats to the Alabama Gulf Coast.
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