Code Orange Again Today… Along With High Heat Levels

CODE ORANGE AIR QUALITY ALERT
We have a Code Orange Air Quality Alert for today for the Birmingham metropolitan area as ground-level ozone will reach levels that are unhealthy for sensitive groups. Children and adults with asthma are most at risk under these conditions.

SOME LOCATIONS WILL HIT ONE HUNDRED TODAY
Do you really expect anything different for the latter part of summer in Central Alabama? We’ll have plenty of sunshine with no threat of rain. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 90s to just over 100 degrees across the area. The good news is that dewpoints will stay in the upper 50s to the lower 60s, so we don’t have to worry about heat index values reaching advisory criteria. With that being said, stay hydrated and take frequent cooling breaks if having to be outside. Skies will be clear with lows in the upper 60s to the mid-70s for tonight.

REMAINING HOT & MOSTLY DRY FOR SUNDAY
A weak southerly flow will develop over the area for Sunday which will allow the return of more humid air to the area. This will also bring back the chance of isolated to scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but those should mostly be confined south of a line from Demopolis to Clanton to Alexander City. North of that line should stay dry and hot. Highs will be in the lower 90s to right at 100 degrees across the area. Dewpoints will be up in the mid to upper 60s, so it will definitely feel more sticky outside.

THE TROPICS
We have a weak surface trough that is located over the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and northeastern Florida that will begin to move off to the northeast at 5-10 MPH. There may be some development over the next five days but is only given a 20% chance of developing into a depression by the NHC. Even if there is no to little development, heavy rain with the threat of some flash flooding could occur along the Carolina and Georgia coasts.

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