FIRST ALERT: A briefly hot start to fall

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 5:49 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2022 at 9:33 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - All is quiet on the last night of summer across central Alabama. The breeze is beginning to pick up a bit as Our Next Big Thing -- a fall cool front -- makes it way toward the Southeast, but other than that, mild, humid, and a mostly clear sky this evening. For tomorrow morning, temperatures will be near 70 with plenty of sunshine to start the day. Winds will pick up out of the northwest at 10-15 MPH with gusts over 20 MPH possible as the front approaches Alabama. Though we will still have a mainly sunny sky, expect a few more clouds to pass through during the afternoon with a 20% chance for isolated showers and storms after lunchtime. Most of us won’t see much in the way of rain, and the few clouds & stray showers around won’t do much to help us beat the heat; highs will still climb into the low to mid 90s before the cold front arrives.

Don’t forget, the Autumnal Equinox occurs at 8:04 PM CDT tomorrow evening, marking the official start of astronomical fall! So, though the season will start off on the hot side, we’ll welcome the dose of pumpkin spice with the next front with open arms!

We’ll finally begin to feel the less humid air moving in tomorrow evening, setting us up for a pleasant start to Friday. Temperatures will fall into the upper 50s and low 60s for Friday and Saturday, so a nice, crisp start each day! Highs will reach the low 80s on Friday but warm back up into the upper 80s on Saturday as winds shift to out of the south again. Both Friday and Saturday will feature blues skies and dry sunshine. Another cold front will head toward Alabama late Sunday, bringing a chance of showers and storms back to the forecast Sunday afternoon and evening. For now, we have a 40-50% coverage of rain for the latter half of the weekend. Highs will stay in the mid 80s under a partly sunny sky. Even cooler and drier air will filter in behind this second front on Monday, bringing widespread 50s by Tuesday morning. Highs will only top out in the low 80s with more sunshine around. Our forecast for the middle of next week and Beyond the 7-Day is all dependent on the tropics.

TROPICS: All eyes are on the tropics with a very active Atlantic Basin. Hurricane Fiona continues to barrel through the western Atlantic as a Category 4 hurricane with the strong, eastern side of the storm set to pass through Bermuda Thursday night and Friday morning. The system will then go on to lash eastern, coastal Canada with intense rainfall and hurricane-force winds into the weekend. Tropical Storm Gaston is still meandering through the northern Atlantic, but is no threat to the U.S. and will stay a “fish storm.” There are three additional areas for possible tropical development: two waves near the west coast of Africa, and a disturbance approaching the Windward Islands. The one approaching the Caribbean will be the one to watch for the U.S. over the next week or so, as model guidance still suggests a path that would approach the Gulf of Mexico by the middle of next week. Anyone from Texas to Florida needs to keep a close eye on this storm, and check back for frequent updates on the forecast as we get better data in over the next week.

First Alert Weather 9p 9-21-22
First Alert Weather 9p 9-21-22(WBRC)

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