FIRST ALERT: 90s return to the forecast next week

Published: Sep. 17, 2022 at 6:25 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2022 at 9:08 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - After a quiet, warm, and dry September Saturday, tonight will feature a mostly clear sky with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 60s by Sunday morning. So, the trend for mornings turning milder and not quite as crisp continues. For Sunday, expect a mix of sun and clouds with highs back in the mid to upper 80s. Despite any clouds around, we will still be on the dry side.

First Alert Weather 9p 9-17-22
First Alert Weather 9p 9-17-22(WBRC)

NEXT BIG THING: A deep ridge of high pressure building in over the U.S. will spark a stretch of above average temperatures across central Alabama next week. Highs will start off near 90 on Monday and eventually climb closer to the mid 90s by the middle of the work week. This high pressure ridge will also prevent any showers or storms from developing, so the bone-dry pattern won’t be letting up just yet. That means plenty of sunshine around each day though. With hot and dry conditions dominating the forecast this week, you will need to take time to water your plants and yards. Mornings also will not be as comfy with lows in the upper 60s and eventually low 70s. So, summer returns with a vengeance this week! Ironically, our hottest day in the forecast will be the first day of fall on Thursday with a high of 95!

Heading into next weekend, some moisture will gradually creep back into the Southeast, allowing for a few more clouds around as early as Friday. Though there is some uncertainty in how the pattern will play out, we have highs in the upper 80s with lows dropping slightly into the 60s for now under a partly cloudy sky. And believe it or not, we have a First Alert for the possibility of a few thundershowers back in the forecast by next weekend. The rain chance doesn’t look very promising at this time, but we’ll keep you posted on the WBRC First Alert Weather app as we fine-tune the forecast in the coming days.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Fiona continues to move through the Caribbean, bringing heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. As of 8PM CDT Saturday evening, Fiona is still a tropical storm, but will likely strengthen to a hurricane tomorrow before making landfall in Puerto Rico. Heavy rainfall could lead to flash flooding and mudslides, especially along mountainous terrain in Puerto Rico and west to the Dominican Republic. Fiona will move northward early next week and is forecast to continue strengthening while passing near the Turks and Caicos and southeast Bahamas. This system is not expected to impact the U.S. mainland.

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