We have plenty of sunshine across Central Alabama as we are making the approach to the late morning hours on this first day of the workweek. Up here in Huntsville, where I am attending the National Weather Association’s annual meeting, it’s not much different with the exception of a few clouds dotting the sky.
Temperatures across Central Alabama were in the 80s for the most part, but Montgomery has already hit the 90-degree mark and is leading the way as the hot spot. Birmingham was at 86 degrees. The St. Clair County Airport and Talladega are both tied at 81 degrees as the cool spots. Highs will get much hotter, reaching the mid to upper 90s by the late afternoon.
A Heat Advisory continues in effect until 9:00 pm tonight for the southern and southeastern parts of the area, including Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Dallas, Elmore, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, and Russell counties. The combination of higher moisture and heat levels will lead to heat index values reaching and exceeding 105 degrees in the advisory locations.
The good news for a lucky few is that there is a chance of a few isolated to scattered afternoon and early evening showers and thunderstorms for locations mainly south of a line from Tuscaloosa to Birmingham to Anniston. Unfortunately, most of Central Alabama will remain hot and dry. Any activity will diminish during the evening hours and we can expect a dry night with mainly clear skies. Lows will be in the lower to mid-70s.
Please remember… A Code Orange Air Quality Alert is in effect for Jefferson and Shelby counties for today as ground-level ozone levels will be in the unhealthy range for sensitive groups. Children and people with asthma are individuals most at risk under these expected conditions.
I’ll have another update this afternoon. For now, back to the meeting.