After having well than above-normal temperatures across Central Alabama throughout the previous few days, the last Monday of 2019 will be much cooler. Skies will become mainly sunny by the late morning hours and highs will reach the lower 50s to the lower 60s.
Tuesday (New Year’s Eve)
High pressure will be moving in our direction from the west which will keep us cool and dry for the final day of the decade. We look to have maximum sunshine throughout the day with clear skies at night. Highs will be in the 50s across the area and dropping into the mid-30s to upper 30s by midnight.
Wednesday (New Year’s Day)
Happy New Year! That high will move across the area throughout the day and clouds will be on the increase as our next disturbance begins to come together to our southwest. We stay dry through midnight, but a shower or two may be possible over the western parts of the area during the pre-dawn hours on Thursday. Highs will be in the 50s.
Warmer and moist air will begin pumping into Central Alabama throughout the day on Thursday, bringing showers and thunderstorms into the forecast. Rain will be likely throughout the entire day and we could see totals as little as 1/2 inch in the southeastern parts of the area to the potential of a swath of as high as 2 1/2 inches along and north of the I-59/20 corridor. Flash flooding issues may occur, especially in poor drainage areas. The good news is that this doesn’t look to be a severe weather setup. Highs will be in the mid-50s to the mid-60s.
All of the rain activity will come to an end across Central Alabama before sunrise and skies will begin to clear out. We’ll end up with mostly sunny skies with highs in the 60s.
The Central Alabama Weekend
Saturday and Sunday look to be very nice with decent temperatures and a good bit of sunshine. Saturday may feature a few stray clouds early, but Sunday looks to have maximum sunshine at this point. Saturday’s highs will be in the upper 50s while Sunday’s highs will be in the mid-50s to the mid-60s.