10/22: Outlook Through The End Of The Week for Central Alabama

7dayA BEAUTIFUL AND COOL OCTOBER SATURDAY:
The morning will start off crisp and cool, with temperatures ranging in the upper 30s through the mid 40 in the area. The sun will be out in the max, but afternoon highs will only make it into the upper 60s to low 70s. Winds will mainly be out of the north at 10 to 15 MPH. Skies will be clear throughout tomorrow evening, with temperatures falling into the upper 40s to low 50s by 10:00PM. Winds will become calm during the overnight hours, and lows will drop into the upper 30s to low 40s.

BURN BAN AND FIRE ALERT:
A Drought Emergency continues in effect, banning any outdoor burning for the northern two-thirds of the state. A Fire Alert remains in effect for the whole state. Only those counties outside of the Drought Emergency can burn outdoors after obtaining a burn permit from the Alabama Forestry Commission, but these will be restricted and issued on an individual basis. Click here for more information.

AIR QUALITY:
Both Ozone and Particulate Matter 2.5 levels will be below criteria to raise an Air Quality Alert for the Birmingham metropolitan area today. No actions needed.

NORMS AND RECS FOR TODAY IN BIRMINGHAM:
The normal high for October 22nd is 73, while the normal low is 48. The record high for today was set back in 1941 at 89. The record low was set back in 1987 at 28.

ALABAMA FOOTBALL:
Clear skies and nearly perfect temperatures in Tuscaloosa as Alabama will host Texas A&M at 2:30PM CDT today. Temperatures will be at or just over 70 degrees at kickoff, and falling into the mid 60s by 6:00PM.

AUBURN FOOTBALL:
Clear skies and cool temperatures in Auburn as they play host to Arkansas at 5:00PM CDT this evening. Temperatures will be in the upper 60s degrees at kickoff, and falling into the low 50s by 9:00PM.

RACE WEEKEND AT TALLADEGA:
Expect a bright sunny sky today and Sunday with fantastic temperatures. Highs tomorrow will be in the upper 60s, followed by a high in the mid to upper 70s on Sunday. Temperatures will be crisp and cool both this morning and Sunday morning, with the mercury dropping to near 40 degrees at the Superspeedway. Definitely some hot chocolate and coffee needed for the early morning.

TOMORROW’S FORECAST:
We’ll start a little warming trend as the sun will be out in full force, and with the lack of moisture in the soil, it won’t take much for the temperatures to approach the upper 70s to low 80s for daytime highs across Central Alabama. As the evening approaches, skies will be clear and temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 50 by 10:00PM, with overnight lows dropping into the mid and upper 40s.

NEXT WEEK:
Sunny days, fair nights. We might consider a small risk of a shower Thursday with a wave passing north of the state, but drought conditions will worsen. Highs at or near 80 degrees each day, with lows in the 50s.

HEADED TO THE BEACH:
Sunny days, fair nights on the coast through next week. Highs in the 70s today, and in the low 80s Sunday and through much of next week.

TROPICAL UPDATE:
The disturbance northeast of the Bahamas remains disorganized, and the rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

ON THIS DAY IN 1988:
A “nor’easter” swept across the coast of New England. Winds gusted to 75 mph, and large waves and high tides caused extensive shoreline flooding. A heavy wet snow blanketed much of eastern New York State, with a foot of snow reported in Lewis County.

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