FIRST ALERT: Unsettled summer weather pattern in place
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A couple of isolated thunderstorms are moving northward into southern counties from Montgomery on our First Alert AccuTrack this evening. These storms will bring the possibility of lightning and heavy downpours over the next couple of hours near I-65 before fading away. In the meantime tonight, expect a partly cloudy sky, staying warm and muggy with temperatures starting off in the 70s tomorrow morning. Some patchy fog will be possible, but we don’t expect major issues. For tomorrow afternoon, once again scattered storms will be capable of producing heavy downpours, cloud-to-ground lightning, gusty winds, and small hail. So, whether you’re hanging out by the pool or doing any back-to-school shopping, keep up to date on any nearby storms through the WBRC First Alert Weather app. Otherwise, the weather will remain hot and humid with highs in the low 90s with feels-like temps near 100 under a partly sunny sky.
WEEK AHEAD: An unsettled summer weather pattern will take over for the upcoming work week, bringing a 50-60% coverage of showers and storms through at least Thursday. High temperatures each afternoon will top out in the upper 80s and low 90s with feels-like temperatures at least in the upper 90s. Humidity will be running high, so plenty of moisture in place to fuel storms and produce heavy rainfall at times; any storm that develops (and doesn’t move much) can produce localized flooding. Mornings will stay mild and muggy as well with patchy fog possible around sunrise-- especially in spots that got decent rainfall the night before. No day looks to be a washout, but wet weather at times could certainly put a damper on any outdoor plans and especially the afternoon commute.
The forecast turns more uncertain by next weekend. For now, we have a 30% chance of pop-up showers and storms Friday - next Sunday. We have been seeing hints of possibly some drier air making its way down south as a cool front slides across the state, which could put morning lows back in the 60s and make it less humid. Too far out to say with any certainty just yet, but maybe a little reprieve from the summertime humidity on the horizon -- however brief!
TROPICAL UPDATE: After several weeks of quiet across the Atlantic Basin, a tropical wave emerging off of the west coast of Africa now has a medium (40%) chance of tropical development over the next several days. There is no guarantee this disturbance would even turn into anything that would ultimately impact the U.S., but certainly worth watching as it treks westward across the Atlantic over the next week.
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