Monday’s Afternoon Weather Discussion

Temperatures are warming up quickly and it looks like we will easily top out in the middle 80s today. One again, temperatures will approach record levels. Check out some of the following threatened-record highs for select cities: Tuscaloosa 87, 2005; Birmingham 86 1929, Montgomery 87 1936; Anniston 85 2005.

High pressure over the area will be forced to weaken slightly as an upper air disturbance lifts out of Mexico and into Texas today. This will send a lot of clouds in our direction over the next 12-48 hours. Unfortunately, these clouds will not be producing rain. Some folks over northeast Alabama may be lucky enough to see a few showers as cooler air wedges into the northeast corner of the state. Otherwise for us, today will be partly sunny. Tonight the low will be in the mid 50s, with partly cloudy skies. Things won’t change much tomorrow, but as the upper air storm continues northward there may be enough energy for a shower north of Tuscaloosa on Wednesday. This would mainly be for extreme northern sections of the state; however, a shower can’t be ruled out as far south as Hamilton.

Look for another dry day on Thursday, with highs back in the 80s. The news gets a little better on Friday as a cold front, with better upper air support, drops into the region. This could bring us some beneficial rain late Friday and into the day on Saturday. The system will move out by Sunday and then cooler air will follow. Lows Sunday night will be in the 40s. The long-range data is hinting at a sharper cold front around the April 5th time frame. Hopefully, that system will also bring us needed rainfall. Busy days ahead…I’m going to be filling in for Robert this week. Be sure to tune in for complete weather details!

Wes Wyatt

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