FIRST ALERT: Closing out summer with above average heat
BIRMINGHAM, Ala, (WBRC) - Though some clouds threatened to rain earlier today, First Alert AccuTrack has remained quiet this evening. For the rest of tonight, expect a mostly clear sky and dry conditions in place with lows falling comfortably into the 60s for Monday morning.
NEXT BIG THING: A dome of high pressure will continue to build over the Gulf Coast states, pushing temperatures into above-average territory for the week ahead. Our average highs for mid-September are in the mid 80s, but we will likely hit at least 90 a few days this week. Morning lows will be mild, ranging from the upper 60s to low 70s Tuesday into Thursday. Highs will climb into the low 90s by then as well. The high pressure ridge will promote hot and dry conditions, so we still don’t expect any measurable rainfall for the work week. Plenty of sunshine at least!
By late Thursday AKA the first day of fall, a moisture-starved cold front will move back through the Southeast, bringing a refreshing dose of less humid air back into central Alabama as we head into the weekend. Weather for Friday and Saturday looks fantastic. Lows will fall into the low 60s on Friday with a positive First Alert for widespread 50s by Saturday morning! Highs will be seasonable in the mid 80s with plenty of sunshine. So, look forward to a taste of crisp, fall air again by the end of the week!
For early next week, we may manage to squeeze out a few showers and thunderstorms as a disturbance passes through the Deep South. No guarantee at this time, but for now we have a 20-30% chance of rain for Sunday night into NEXT Monday.
TROPICS: Hurricane Fiona made landfall in Puerto Rico this afternoon as a Category 1 storm with sustained winds at 85 MPH and minimum central pressure of 986 mb. In addition to hurricane-force winds, Fiona will continue to bring torrential rainfall that could lead to mudslides and more catastrophic flash flooding across mountainous terrain across Puerto Rico tonight and into the Dominican Republic through Monday. Fiona will continue to strengthen and possibly become a major hurricane as it moves toward the Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas over the next couple of days. This storm poses no threat to the mainland U.S.
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