At 12:50 pm, we have some scattered showers mostly across the east-central and northeastern parts of the area with most of the activity located along and just south of the I-59 corridor with only a couple of returns over the western half of the area. Some of these are putting down some decent rainfall but none are strong or showing any lightning at this point. Temperatures are currently in the upper 70s to the mid-90s across the area. The cool spot is Bessemer at 79 degrees with rain-cooled air while Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery is the hot spot at 94 degrees. Birmingham was at 88 degrees.
WEATHER FOR THE REST OF TODAY
Clouds will continue to be on the increase with the heating of the day and scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop as well. Rain chances across the are will be highest north of the I-85 corridor (around 30-40%) while south of that will only have a small chance of a few isolated showers. Highs will top out in the mid-80s to the mid-90s. Much of the activity will dissipate during the evening and late-night hours, but a few isolated to scattered showers may linger around for a few more hours and possibly well into the overnight hours. Lows will be in the upper 60s to the lower 70s.
On Wednesday, a trough will work deeper into Central Alabama and will be pulling a cold front into the extreme northwestern parts of the state. This will give us a little increase in the chance of showers and thunderstorms across the area, especially locations along and surrounding the I-59 and I-20 corridors. For those locations along and south of the I-85 corridor, a few isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms will be possible. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the mid-90s.
And the tropics are getting active as we have two areas of concern on the board. Invest 95L continues to struggle over the eastern Caribbean Sea and is not likely to get organized over the next few days. As it approaches Florida and the Bahamas, conditions may become conducive enough for some development to take place. NHC is sticking with a 10% chance of developing into a depression over the next five days. The second wave moved off the African coast on Monday and is moving westward over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean. It’s not expected to develop any over the next few days, but conditions will become more favorable by the weekend and some development may occur. NHC is only giving it a 20% chance of developing into a depression over the next five days.