October 27, 2016 Leave a comment
Good Thursday afternoon! It has turned out very mild this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the lower to middle 80s. Tuscaloosa is nearing a record high again this afternoon. A few tiny showers formed as expected north of I-20 this morning, but those have faded as of 4pm and most of our area did not get a drop of rain. Temperatures will gradually drop into the upper 50s for lows tonight.
A strong summer like ridge will build into our area on Friday and will remain with us through early next week. This means a stretch of hot daytime temperatures and a lack of rain. Highs will reach the upper 80s on Friday through Monday; in-fact, some areas may touch 90 degrees on Monday. Each afternoon, all of west and central Alabama stands a chance of breaking a record for the day. As the ridge becomes the strongest on Halloween day, that will likely be our hottest day over the next 7 days. Highs will approach 90, with a mostly sunny sky. Expect temperatures to drop into the upper 50s each night this weekend and into the middle of next week.
The upper air ridge should weaken some by the middle or end of next week, allowing temperatures to drop into the lower to middle 80s for highs.
The latest drought monitor came out this morning for our area, and drought conditions continue to increase. The Exceptional Drought, a classification on the top of the scale, has expanded westward to now include a large area along I-20 from Bessemer to Anniston. Extreme Drought is being experienced in areas near Tuscaloosa and eastward into much of central and east Alabama. Also, Hamilton to Vernon areas are in the Extreme Drought. The rest of west Alabama is classified in a Severe Drought. This is a major drought across our area and there have been numerous wildfires reported over the past month. Please avoid burning outdoors until we get some rain! Unfortunately, I don’t see any screaming signs of rain over the next 2 weeks…
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