It’s a hot and humid one out there… I know. I just got finished mowing the lawn. Temperatures are in the mid-80s to the lower 90s across the area. Birmingham was at 91 degrees. Haleyville was the cool spot at 84 degrees. The hot spot is Dannelley Field in Montgomery at 93 degrees. We have some scattered showers and thunderstorms out there across parts of Central Alabama. The good news is that they are providing some cooling relief to those fortunate locations… plus, none of which are particularly strong.
HEAT ADVISORY remains in effect through Sunday night at 9:00 pm for these counties in Central Alabama: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa.
Moisture levels will remain rather high across Central Alabama today as precipitable water values will be near two inches. Couple that with an impulse that will be moving into the area from the northwest and some drier air in the mid-levels will work in from the north, we’ll have a zone of higher rain chances set up over the western parts of the area, mainly west of the I-22 and I-65 corridors. We’ll have scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across the area, most of which will occur during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of that activity will die off around 10:00 pm tonight. Highs will reach the lower to mid-90s across the area. Rain chances will be in the 40%-70% range from northeast to southwest.
Ridging moves a little closer to Central Alabama on Sunday which will bring a shift in winds to more out of the north. While the mid-levels will be drier, the lower levels of the atmosphere will stay mighty moist across the area, especially in the southern parts. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with afternoon highs in the lower to mid-90s. Heat index values will approach and perhaps exceed 105 degrees along and south of the I-20 corridor. There will not be much help in the rainfall department to help cool us down as there is only a very small chance of an isolated afternoon shower or storm.
A FREE, FUN WEATHER PREPAREDNESS & SAFETY FESTIVAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
WeatherReady Fest is coming to Huntsville, Alabama on September 7, 2019, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Family-friendly games, fun learning activities, large response vehicles, and enlightening speakers will highlight this big, one-day weather festival on the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Special guests include The Weather Channel’s Nick Walker, ABC 33/40’s Chief Meteorologist James Spann, and Owlie Skywarn. Each visitor will receive their very own passport booklet. Collect stamps from exhibitor for your chance to win door prizes. Tours of UAH’s SWIRLL and the NWS Huntsville office will be available as well. Get your free timed tickets quickly as they will not last long. More information and a link to the ticket site is available on the festival website at www.weatherreadyfest.com. The tickets are free and are issued for specific hours to maximize the number of people that can visit. I hope to see you there!