A Nice Weekend, Followed by a Warming Trend & a Chance of a Few Showers

A Very Nice Weekend
What a great weekend ahead as we’ll stay dry with very nice weather. Saturday will feature near-maximum sunshine with highs in the mid-70s to the lower 80s. Sunday will continue the mainly sunny and dry conditions with warmer temperatures. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 70s to the mid-80s.

Warming Up With a Few Showers/Storms Possible Next Week
A ridge will set up over the southeastern US during the work week which will bring us warmer temperatures and higher humidity levels. Monday will feature mostly sunny skies with highs in the lower to mid-80s. We look to remain mostly dry on Tuesday, but with higher humidity levels, I can’t rule out an isolated shower or two somewhere in Central Alabama. Highs will be in the upper 70s to the upper 80s.

Valid at 4 pm Wednesday.

Wednesday will feature the best chance of scattered afternoon showers and storms, but overall chances will only be around 40%. Highs will range from the lower 80s in the north to the upper 80s in the southeast. Rain chances will drop on Thursday, but an isolated shower or two will be possible during the main heating of the day. Highs will be in the lower to mid-80s.

Friday will be warmer, but I believe the entire day will be dry. With mostly sunny skies, highs will be in the mid to upper 80s, and I wouldn’t be surprised if someone hits 90 degrees in the extreme southeastern parts of the area.

The latest WPC projections for this forecast period only show the northern and western parts of the state potentially receiving 1/4-inch or a little higher. The rest of the state will only see a tenth of an inch or less.

On This Day in Weather History
1968 – A tornado touched down southwest of Anchorage, AK. It was the second of just three tornadoes reported in Alaska since 1950.

Update on the Tropics
Although the Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st, it is not uncommon for tropical cyclones to form on or prior to that date. To provide more consistent information on the potential for late May and early June systems, NHC will now begin the routine issuance of the Atlantic Tropical Weather Outlook at 8 a.m. EDT on May 15th. The Tropical Weather Outlook is issued every six hours from May 15 through November 30 at 1 am, 7 am, 1 pm, and 7 pm CDT. With the change to standard time on November 7th, the issuance times are 12 am, 6 am, 12 pm, and 6 pm CDT.

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