Wow What a Midday Across Central Alabama… Enjoy It if Your Can

Conditions at 11:00 am

It is a very nice Tuesday across Central Alabama with cooler temperatures and lower humidity… makes it hard to believe that summer is just a few days away. Skies are mostly clear to sunny across the area, but we will see more clouds this afternoon with the heating of the day. Temperatures as of the 11:00 am round-up were in the 70s across the area. Birmingham was at 76 degrees with a 57-degree dewpoint. Alexander City and Auburn were tied as the cool spots at 72 degrees. The warm spot was Tuscaloosa at 79 degrees.

Weather for the Rest of Your Tuesday

While skies are mostly clear to sunny at this point, clouds will begin to build during the afternoon hours, making skies mostly clear to partly cloudy. There is a very small risk of isolated showers and thunderstorms for the eastern two-thirds of the area thanks in part to the low that is stationed just off the Carolina coastline, with those chances staying below 20%. With the flow of air coming in from the north and northeast, afternoon highs will be in a much more comfortable range in the lower to mid-80s. Winds will be out of the northeast at 5-10 MPH and combine that with dewpoints in the upper 50s, it will make you think we were back into the beginning of spring instead of knocking on the door to summertime. Skies will clear out during the evening and late-night hours and overnight lows will dip down into the upper 50s to the mid-60s.

A Little Warmer for Your Hump Day

The low will continue to bring us dry air in from the northeast but we’ll start to lose the effect as it starts to move farther to the north. That means we will see a slight uptick in the viewpoints, but they will only top out in the lower 60s, so it will still be very comfortable. Much of Central Alabama will be rain-free with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies, but a few isolated showers and thunderstorms will be possible for the extreme east and northeastern parts of the area during the afternoon. Rain chances in those locations will be less than 20%. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Temperature Outlook Shows Mother Nature Cranks Up the Heat

While today and Wednesday will be rather nice outside temperature-wise, apparently Mother Nature wants us to be ready for summertime as she cranks up the heat for the end of the week and through the weekend. Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s across the area, but we climb into the lower to mid-90s for the weekend. Don’t expect too much help in the form of rainfall as we look to stay mainly dry through the weekend as chances will stay well below 20%.

Nothing Out There in Tropical Territory for Now

While much of the Atlantic Basin is quiet and free from any tropical activity, the low that I mentioned earlier is stationed off of the Carolina coastline is bringing a good bit of rainfall to the southeastern seaboard. Conditions are unfavorable for any tropical development and the low will move inland over North Carolina later this evening.

On This Day in Weather History

1944 – A tornado in Sioux City, IA, traveled an odd course. It spun in one place for about twenty minutes, made a U-turn, traveled southeast for about three miles, then traveled south, east, north, and finally east again.

1989 – Daytime thunderstorms produced severe weather from northern Florida to the Middle Atlantic Coast. The thunderstorms spawned eight tornadoes, and there were 138 reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 87 mph caused twenty million dollars damage at Columbia SC. Strong thunderstorm winds killed one person at McLeansville NC.

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