Just After Midday, It’s Hot & Dry Across Central Alabama

We have a good amount of sunshine across Central Alabama with only those fair-weather cumulus clouds that are dotting the cobalt blue of the heavens. Temperatures are in the upper 80s to the lower 90s across the area at 1:30 pm. Birmingham was at 90º, Jasper wat at 93º as the hot spot, and Alexander City was the cool spot at 87º.

Here is a quick look at Hurricane Dorian which continues to wreak havoc over the Grand Bahama Island at this time. The good news is that Dorian has now dropped back down to category 4 strength, but the bad news is that winds are still clocking in at 150 MPH sustained. The really bad news is that it is only moving at 1 MPH to the west-northwest.

According to the latest forecast track from the National Hurricane Center, Dorian will not move that much to the northwest today, but there will be a slow increase in forward motion on Tuesday. Once we get to Wednesday and Thursday, forward motion to the northeast will really increase as it begins to move away from the US. Nevertheless, at least tropical-storm-force winds along with dangerous storm surge, rip currents, and flooding due to the surge and very heavy rainfall.

While that is really bad news for the northwestern parts of the Bahamas and the Atlantic Coast of the southeastern US, the good news for us in Central Alabama is that the effects from Dorian will stay well to our east.

Weather for the rest of your Labor Day will be mainly dry for the remainder of the afternoon and into the early evening hours with highs reaching the lower to mid-90s. There is a very, very small risk of a stray shower or thunderstorm in the northern parts of the area (north of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Gadsden), but we’re only talking about a 10%-15% chance of any one location receiving measurable rainfall. Tonight will be mainly clear with lows dropping into the mid-60s to the lower 70s.

Tuesday’s weather will be another hot day but should be a little more bearable as dewpoints will be falling into the lower to mid-60s by the afternoon. Nearly maximum sunshine with only a few fair-weather cumulus clouds expected with highs reaching the lower to mid-90s.

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