As of 12:45 pm this afternoon, we have partly to mostly clear skies across Central Alabama, with no rain appearing underneath any of those clouds. Temperatures across the area as of the 12 pm round up were in the lower 70s to the lower 80s. Troy was the warm spot at 81 degrees, while the cool spot was Gadsden at 72 degrees. Birmingham was at 77 degrees.
Skies will become partly cloudy across the area throughout the remainder of the daylight hours, with most of the area remaining dry. However, there is a very small risk of an isolated shower over the extreme southwestern portions of the area (southern half of Sumter and Marengo counties). Highs will top out in the mid-70s to the lower 80s across the area. Rain chances will be on the rise after sunset, with much of the activity occurring during the late night and overnight hours, mainly along and north of the I-59 corridor. A rumble or two of thunder is possible, but strong storms are not expected. Lows will be in the lower to mid-60s.
THURSDAY: Showers will be likely throughout the day on Thursday, and a few thunderstorms will be possible as a cold front will be moving through portions of the area. The good news is that severe weather is unlikely, and rainfall amounts will not be heavy at all. Rain chances will begin to drop during the late afternoon and evening hours as the front passes through, with higher rain chances remaining for the extreme southeastern parts of Central Alabama. Thursday’s highs will be in the mid-70s to the lower 80s.
FRIDAY & THE WEEKEND: Models have come into much better agreement with the front location on Friday, as it is now forecast to be east and southeast of the area. We’ll have plenty of sunshine not only on Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday as well. Ridging will begin to build back into the area that will keep rain out of the forecast and temperatures to begin a slight warming trend. Friday’s highs will be in the upper 60s to the upper 70s, lower 70s to the lower 80s on Saturday, and in the mid-70s to the lower 80s on Sunday.
EARLY LOOK AT NEXT WEEK: Dry and warm weather will stick around on Monday, before moisture starts to return on Tuesday and a few isolated showers become possible. A cold front will move through the area either late on Wednesday or early on Thursday that will bring showers and thunderstorms to the area. Look like Friday will be a return of cooler and much drier air.