Thursday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

Even though we had rainfall in parts of the area yesterday, it didn’t take long to return to the very dry and arid conditions. Red Flag warnings are posted all over the place and this means you need to cancel all plans to burn this afternoon and evening. As we first mentioned yesterday, the winds have been very gusty out of the northwest. This refreshing breeze has made for a comfortable day and kept the smoke and haze out of our area. The big story for the time being will be cold nights. Tomorrow morning we will wake up with temperatures in the chilly upper 40s. Even though the weather during the day tomorrow will be comfortable, another big cool down will take place tomorrow night. Some parts of Alabama will be close to setting record lows; however, I don’t think we will get cold enough to set any records in the mornings ahead. The current record lows for Tuscaloosa are either at or below 44-degrees over the next several days.

High pressure will be right overhead this weekend and this means ample sunshine can be expected. The air will remain quite dry meaning warm days in the 80s, with lows in the cool upper 40s. The high-pressure area will start building towards the Mid-Atlantic States. This will shift the flow around to the east-southeast direction by Monday and Tuesday. This will keep our temperatures from getting to out of hand with the cooler easterly flow. On another note, depending on the strength of the wildfires over South Georgia, smoke and haze may come into the mix again. Otherwise, look for more clouds with isolated thunderstorms becoming possible on Wednesday.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV