The blast furnace will stay lit for just one more day as we’ll continue to see afternoon highs in the mid to upper 90s across Central Alabama today, with a location or two hitting the century mark. There will be a very slight chance of an isolated shower or two over the extreme southern portions of the area, but north of a line from Demopolis to Montgomery to Eufaula will stay dry. Record highs will be broken once again today by several degrees, but I don’t believe we will be as hot as we were yesterday or on Wednesday when Birmingham hit 103 degrees.
As you can see from the chart above, the GFS is suggesting that high temperatures for the city of Birmingham will stay in the 90s for today and tomorrow. Then, we finally start to see the big pattern flip to where we can enjoy the temperatures that you expect to see in Central Alabama during the early fall.
We’ll start off with a backdoor wedge that will begin to move into the northeastern parts of the state on Saturday that will keep daytime highs there in the lower 90s while the rest of us will be close to or in the mid-90s. The wedge has moved through the state on Sunday and our daytime highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.
We’ll also have an increase in rain chances on both of those days, with isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday for mainly the eastern half of the area. Sunday will feature even higher chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms as a cold front will be approaching from the northwest. Those rain chances will range from 20-40% from southeast to northwest.
The cold front will move through the area on Monday bringing a good chance of rain and thunderstorms to all of Central Alabama, along with the big push of much cooler air. Some locations will receive up to and just over 1/2-inch of rain throughout the day while some will get a little less… but, we’ll take any rain we can get. Monday’s highs will be in the lower 70s to the upper 80s across the area from northwest to southeast. The forecast highs for Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Gadsden are at 79 degrees at this point. If the front moves in any quicker, those temperatures will be slightly cooler.
We’ll return to a mainly dry weather pattern for a few days after that as the front will continue to move away from the area. There may be a few scattered lingering showers over the extreme southeastern parts of Central Alabama during the first half of Tuesday, but everyone should be dry by the afternoon hours. Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 70s to the mid-80s across the area from northwest to southeast.
Our next chance of rain looks to come in the form of another cold front that will be pushing through the southeast and into Central Alabama on Friday and exiting the area by late Saturday. The GFS is painting around 1/4-inch for most locations in Central Alabama. While this is not drought-busting rain, anything to keep the dust down will work.