The Blast Furnace Stays Lit For Today Through The Week

The combination of high heat levels and higher humidity has led the National Weather Service in Birmingham to continue a Heat Advisory until 9:00 pm tonight for Barbour, Bullock, Dallas, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, and Russell counties, and adding Autauga, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Marengo, Perry, and Sumter counties to the advisory. Heat index values will once again top out above 105 degrees in the advisory locations.

Much of the area will remain dry with plenty of sunshine, but there is a small chance of a few isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms over the southernmost part of the area. Afternoon highs will range throughout the 90s today across Central Alabama.

The cold front that moved through the area on Saturday will begin to work its way north as a warm front on Monday. Locations north of the front will remain hot and dry while there will be an increasing chance of isolated to scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms south of the front. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 90s.

We will be hot with plenty of sunshine and, at best, only a few isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms across Central Alabama from Tuesday through the end of the workweek. Afternoon highs will remain well above average, topping out mainly in the mid to upper 90s across the area.

The ridging starts to flatten out for the weekend and a trough will begin to move across the Gulf of Mexico. Rain chances will increase on late Saturday and throughout Sunday as scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible. Highs will be in the lower to mid-90s on Saturday and a little cooler in the upper 80s to the lower 90s for the most part on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Gabrielle is still hanging around out there in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean with winds at 60 MPH. She is projected to curve around to the northeast over the next 24 hours and accelerating away and will be close to Ireland by early Thursday morning.

We also have a disturbance located several hundred miles to the west of the Cabo Verde Islands and will be moving west. Some development is possible over the next 5 days, but the National Hurricane Center is only giving this a 40% chance of becoming a depression within that time frame.

Another disturbance is located a few hundred miles to the northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. Stronger upper-level winds will keep this one from further developing from now until sometime in the middle of the week. By then, conditions may be more favorable for development. There is only a 20% chance of this one becoming a depression within the next 5 days.

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