Earlier this morning, NWS Birmingham canceled the Excessive Heat Warning for several counties in Central Alabama and replaced it with a Heat Advisory until 9:00 pm tonight. Those counties are Blount, Chambers, Clay, Coosa, Jefferson, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Walker, and Winston.
Lee County was also removed from the Excessive Heat Warning and was placed under a Heat Advisory until 6:00 pm on Wednesday.
The Excessive Heat Warning continues until 9:00 pm tonight for the following counties in Central Alabama: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Marion, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa.
Just in case you missed out on the very hot weather on Monday, here are the official highs recorded from the major reporting stations across Central Alabama:
Anniston… 98 degrees
Auburn… 96 degrees
Birmingham… 99 degrees
Montgomery… 99 degrees
Shelby Co. Airport… 100 degrees
Troy… 97 degrees
Tuscaloosa… 97 degrees
At this point, we’ll only have a very small risk of a few isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms to bring some brief relief to the hot conditions across the area. Afternoon highs will top out in the mid to upper 90s with a couple of locations hitting 100 degrees. Heat index values will be in the 105-109 degree range in the heat advisory area and 110-113 degree range in the excessive heat warning locations. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
A cold front will actually start to work into the northern parts of the area during the evening and overnight hours tonight which will bring a good chance of showers and thunderstorms to locations north of the I-20 corridor. While there may be one or two strong storms, no organized severe weather is expected. Just in case, the Storm Prediction Center has placed the northern parts of Central Alabama in a Marginal Risk for severe storms. Gusty winds will be the main threat. Overnight lows will be in the mid to upper 70s.
The cold front will eventually stall out in the southern portions of the state late in the day on Wednesday, but before that, convective activity will fire up again during the late morning through the evening hours. Showers and thunderstorms will be likely south of a line from Livingston to Clanton to Alexander City with a Marginal Risk of severe storms due to the possibility of damaging winds up to 60 MPH. Timing for those stronger to severe storms will be from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. North of that, there will only be a chance of a few isolated to scattered mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower to mid-90s.