Starting to Warm Up Before Midday; Some Showers Invade Central Alabama Tonight

The First Day of Meteorological Summer & the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Today is the start of Meteorological Summer for Central Alabama and will begin to feel like it later this afternoon. For now, we have some high clouds moving in from the west but we will stay dry for the rest of the daylight hours. As of the 10 am roundup, temperatures were in the 70s across the area with Eufaula and Montgomery leading the way at 79 degrees. Several locations were tied at 74 as the cool spots. Birmingham was sitting at 75 degrees.

We’ll continue to have a few high clouds across Central Alabama for the rest of the daylight hours, but later this evening and through the overnight hours, clouds will begin to increase from the west with showers and a few thunderstorms becoming possible. Locations along and west of a line from Selma to Clanton to Anniston could see some rain while the higher chances will be west of the I-59 corridor. Today’s highs will get up into the lower 80s to right at or just below 90 degrees. Tonight’s lows will be in the 60s.

Today is also the start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, and the good news is that the tropics are relatively quiet at this point. No new tropical systems are expected to form over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico within the next 5 days.

Weather for the Rest of the Work Week

Showers and thunderstorms will be possible for much of the area north of the I-85 corridor on Wednesday, with the exception of the extreme northwest and western portions where rain will be more likely. Skies will be mostly cloudy and there will be a wide range of temperatures due to the rainfall. Highs will be in the upper 70s to the lower 90s across the area from northwest to southeast. SPC does have the northwestern corner of the area in a level 1/5 Marginal Risk for severe storms s stronger storms could produce gusty winds.

Thursday and Friday’s weather will be similar as a moist and unstable airmass will continue to stay over Central Alabama. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible during the afternoon and evening hours, but we can’t rule out a few of those to last into the late-night and overnight hours on both days. Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 70s to the lower 90s across the area from northwest to southeast. Friday’s highs will be in the 80s across the area.

The Central Alabama Weekend

No change in the forecast for the weekend as scattered afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will be possible on both days. Highs will be in the 80s on both days.

On This Day in Weather History

1903 – A strong tornado just 50 to 75 yards in width killed many persons around the Gainesville GA Cotton Mill. The tornado strengthened and widened near the end of its four-mile path, killing 40 persons at New Holland GA. A total of 104 persons were killed in the tornado.

1980 – A man from Falmouth ME was struck by lightning restoring his eyesight. The man had been blind and partially deaf since a truck accident in 1971.

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