At Midday: While The Sun Is Back, The Warmth Is Not

CONDITIONS AT 12:45 PM
Other than a few lingering clouds over the southeastern parts of the area, Central Alabama is basking in full sunshine at the midday hour. Unfortunately, the sun is not helping us feel any warmer and the winds are not helping us either. At the 12:00 pm Roundup, temperatures remain in the 40s across the area… ranging from 41 degrees at Bessemer, Birmingham, and Gadsden, to 49 degrees at Montgomery. The only reporting station still in the 30s is Haleyville at 37 degrees. Wind speeds were averaging around 10-20 MPH out of the north.

SUNNY & COOL TODAY; CLEAR & COLD TONIGHT
After what few clouds we had left over this morning, those will be gone and we’ll be left with maximum sunshine for the afternoon and into the early evening hours. Even with the sun, we will remain very cool today and the breeze will not help us feel any warmer at all. Highs will be in the mid-40s in the northwest to the lower 50s in the southeast. All of us will drop well below the freezing point tonight underneath clear skies. Lows will be in the mid to upper 20s.

BRILLIANT BUT COOL WEATHER FOR SATURDAY
Near maximum sunshine can be expected across Central Alabama for your Saturday, but temperatures will remain cool. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 50s across the area from northwest to southeast. A few clouds will start to roll in during the late-night and overnight hours, but we’ll remain dry. Lows will be in the upper 20s to the mid-30s.

WE STAY DRY ON SUNDAY, BUT CLOUDS RETURN
Sunday will start off with partly to mostly cloudy skies, with those increasing throughout the day. Unfortunately, rain will become likely during the late-night and overnight hours, especially for locations north and west of I-85. Highs will be in the mid-50s to the lower 60s.

A WET START TO THE WORK WEEK
Monday looks to be a wet day across the area as rain will be likely at times. Skies look to stay overcast, even if there is a break in the rain for any period of time. Highs will be in the lower 50s to the upper 60s. We’ll get a brief reprieve from the rain on Tuesday as skies will be partly to mostly sunny, but we’ll have a small chance of showers during the late-night and through much of the day on Wednesday. Tuesday’s highs will be in the 60s then dropping back into the upper 40s to the upper 50s on Wednesday.

NOW TRENDING DRIER FOR THE END OF THE WORK WEEK
Thursday looks to be a cool day with skies becoming mostly sunny early. Highs will be in the mid-40s to the lower 50s. Not much change for your Friday with the exception of having near-maximum sunshine. Highs will remain in the mid-40s to the lower 50s across the area.

2020 SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK – 2/16-2/21
As you know, Alabama is no stranger to severe weather, especially tornadoes. They can happen at any time of the year and at any time, day or night. We are approaching our primary severe weather season for Alabama (March, April, and May). Our 2020 Severe Weather Awareness Week started on Sunday, February 16th and goes through today. Governor Ivey has also declared this weekend (today through Sunday, February 23rd) as the 2020 Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. For more information on the tax holiday, please CLICK HERE to visit the Alabama Sales Tax Holiday section of NWS Birmingham’s Severe Weather Awareness Week page.

NWS BIRMINGHAM SKYWARN STORM SPOTTER TRAINING
The National Weather Service office in Birmingham will be offering several online Basic Spotter Courses and a single Advanced Spotter Course over the next few months. These online courses are FREE and are open to anyone who would like to learn more about what it takes to be a spotter and what to look for. More information can be found on the NWS Birmingham’s website, just CLICK HERE to visit the site.

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