FIRST ALERT: Less humid air and a comfortable start to the weekend

First Alert Weather 8p Update: 8-12-22
Published: Aug. 12, 2022 at 5:47 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2022 at 8:46 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Drier air is settling into the state, and this will bring a noticeable improvement in comfort levels tonight. Lower dewpoint temperatures will equate to lower morning lows. We will see several locations in the middle 60-degree range to the north of I-20 by Saturday morning and upper 60s and lower 70s to the south. We will have more of a dry heat for Saturday, which means temperatures will make a big rebound, with highs near 90º. Winds Saturday afternoon will continue from the north-northeast at 5-10 mph. We can’t rule out a stray afternoon shower to the far south and east.

We’ll start Sunday morning off with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Sunday afternoon will end up partly cloudy, with highs in the lower 90s. It’ll be a hot afternoon, and dew points will likely start to climb and so it could start to feel a little muggy. With slightly higher dew points and hot temperatures in place, we will hold on to a 10% chance for a stray shower or storm. Most of us will stay dry. It’ll be a great day to spend some time at the pool or the lake!

NEXT BIG THING: Next week an area of high pressure will weaken across our area, allowing disturbances to our west to move into the Southeast. Humidity levels will likely increase for the first half of next week. Monday is shaping up to be hot, with highs in the low to mid 90s. An isolated shower or storm can’t be ruled out, with a rain chance around 20%. We will likely increase our rain chances for the middle of next week as more disturbances develop to our west and push into Alabama. With increasing cloud cover and slightly higher rain chances, temperatures will likely trend below average. Our best chance to see storms may occur on Wednesday with a rain chance of up to 50%. Storms that develop next week could become strong, but it remains way too early to determine the exact timing and intensity of these storms. It is possible that our highest rain chances could be adjusted to another day as our weather models get a better grasp on the setup. Temperatures will end up cooler by the middle of next week with highs in the 80s.

Tropical Update: If you plan on going to the Alabama Gulf Coast this weekend, plan for scattered storms today and tomorrow, with highs in the mid 80s. Rain chances lower Sunday into Monday with highs in the upper 80s. A moderate rip current remains in place over the weekend. A tropical disturbance in the Gulf has a low chance of formation and will shift towards Texas over the weekend.

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