May 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon to you! It’s hot this afternoon, with highs in the middle to upper 80s across much of central Alabama. The lacking factor today is moisture. Very low dewpoints are making the 80 degree temperatures feel fairly nice. Don’t get use to the dry air because moisture levels will drastically increase on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Not only will moisture levels increase, air temperatures will continue to warm, as a summer ridge builds into the deep south.
This evening will feel great, with temperatures falling into the upper 60s by 10pm and lower 60s at midnight. Skies will remain clear tonight and mostly sunny right through the weekend. With a strong ridge over our area Thursday through Sunday, don’t expect any rain. The ridge will suppress any risk of rain and keep skies mostly sunny. Highs will reach the lower to middle 90s on Thursday through Monday. Memorial Day weekend will be hot, hazy and humid. Lows will fall into the upper 60s each night.
The ridge will weaken a bit on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. With deep tropical moisture in place by that point, the risk of a passing storm is possible, but Monday should be mostly rain free. The chance of rain on Monday is only at 10%. The chance will increase to 30% on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will fall into the upper 80s for highs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will modify to around 70 degrees early next week.
The forecast along the Alabama Gulf Coast is looking great for the weekend. The risk of rain is very low, but a stray storm is possible. Look for a mostly sunny sky along the coast, with temperatures in the middle 80s. Lows at night Friday through Sunday will fall into the lower 70s. This forecast is for the Dolphin Island to Panama City area.
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