FIRST ALERT: Rising temperatures and a new Tropical Storm Fiona
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Tropical Storm Fiona has formed east of the Leeward Islands tonight. This system could impact the northeast Caribbean by the weekend, but no impacts are expected in the Gulf Region. If you have a trip planned to the Gulf Coast, there will be a small chance for some scattered afternoon pop-up storms this weekend. Areas to the east will need to closely monitor this system through the weekend as the system starts to turn northwest. It’s possible the system could impact the Bahamas by the middle of next week.
In the meantime, the big story for our area will be the hotter afternoons. Thursday starts off in the upper 50s and lower 60s, but high temperatures will be closer to average, in the upper 80s. We will see a repeat forecast for Friday. The weather for high school football games will be great thanks to low humidity, dry weather, and temperatures in the 70s.
The upcoming weekend remains dry with temperatures trending slightly above average. Highs will likely climb into the upper 80s with a few spots heating up near 90°F. Overnight lows will trend warmer in the mid 60s. The Alabama, UAB, and Auburn football games will remain hot and dry with temperatures in the upper 80s. Make sure you stay hydrated. This upcoming weekend will be a great opportunity to wash the car and do some yard work.
The big story next week looks to be the heat. Data continues to show the return of 90s and potential middle and upper 90s. Humidity appears to remain low, which is great, but dry air can heat up more than moist air, so we will have to monitor for potential record heat. Below average precipitation looks likely too, which will not be good for your lawn or garden, so plan on watering.
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