June 20, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Wednesday afternoon to you! Summer begins today at 6:09pm, which marks off the longest day and shortest night across the Northern Hemisphere. This will actually be the shortest day and longest night in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s felt a lot like summer today, with highs in the lower 90s across much of the area. Temperatures will actually heat up a bit over the coming days.
If you have plans outdoors to dinner tonight, there are no worries with rain and storms. Temperatures will remain mild through this evening, but a light breeze will make conditions feel a little more comfortable after sunset this evening. Look for temperatures to reach the middle 80s by 8pm and upper 70s around 10pm. Overnight lows will fall into the middle 60s areawide. Skies will remain mostly clear tonight and mostly sunny tomorrow. The risk of rain through the weekend is very low, but the chance is only about 10% or less. There is higher chance for a few isolated to scattered storms along the Alabama Gulf Coast over the weekend, but the chance there should remain pretty low. Highs will warm into the upper 90s on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Look for lows to reach the lower 70s over the weekend as moisture levels increase. Humidity will become rather intense in time for your weekend plans.
There are signs that temperatures could get a little cooler by the middle of next week, with highs in the upper 80s to around 90 and lower humidity. This is as a deep eastern US trough develops and allows for slightly cooler temperatures to reach Alabama.
We are watching the tropics, due to a spike in activity. Tropical Storm Chris is strengthenting this evening and could become a hurricane this evening. This storm is moving out to sea and will not become a problem for the US. Another developing storm we’re watching is in the southern Gulf of Mexico. This system has a chance to become Tropical Storm Debby over the next few days as is meanders around the gulf. As of now, there are no computer models that bring this system into central Alabama due to the ridge/trough pattern. If you live anywhere along the gulf coast or have a trip planned, you need to keep an eye on this system late in the weekend and early next week. While there are no indications of a developing hurricane, these tropical lows can spin up quick. At this point, it looks like Florida will get most of the impacts from this storm.
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