HEAT CONTINUES INTO THE START OF THE WORK WEEK
While it remained a hot and humid day across Central Alabama, NWS Birmingham was able to cancel the Heat Advisory on Saturday due to the extra cloud cover and convective storms. However, the Heat Advisory will continue for Sunday until 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. As temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to upper 90s on Monday and Tuesday and heat index values approach and possibly exceed 110 degrees, heat advisories and excessive heat watches may be issued on Sunday.
PERHAPS A LITTLE DRIER ON SUNDAY… BUT STAYING HOT & HUMID
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 of the atmosphere will be drier, the lower levels will remain mighty moist across the area, especially 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. Much of the northern parts of the area will stay dry throughout the day, with an isolated afternoon shower or two possible for the central parts. A few isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms are possible for locations along and south of the US-80 and I-85 corridors.
THE HEAT IS ON… VERY HOT FOR MONDAY & TUESDAY
The ridge starts to flatten out which will allow afternoon temperatures to climb into the mid to upper 90s, and with dewpoints expected to be in the mid-70s, we could approach and exceed criteria for excessive heat warnings. Not very much help from rainfall as only a few isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms are possible on each day.
RAIN CHANCES BACK ON THE RISE FOR WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY
Troughing will take over the eastern parts of the US and we may have the bottom end of a cold front pass through Central Alabama. We’ll see a relief from the higher heat levels but we’ll remain in the lower 90s for afternoon highs. Wednesday will feature the highest chance of scattered to numerous showers and storms (50%-60%), while those chances some for Thursday (20%-50% from northwest to southeast).
TYPICAL AUGUST WEATHER TO END OFF THE WORK WEEK
The standard summertime forecast returns on Friday as we’ll see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies, hot and humid conditions with a chance of a few isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms across the area. The highest rain chances will be over the southeastern parts of the area. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.
The Atlantic Basin is free and clear of any tropical waves or cyclones and no new tropical systems are expected to form within the next five days.
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