Tuesday Afternoon Update-3:50 p.m.

It’s been a scorcher today and the temperatures have reached the middle 90s. The latest temperature from the Tuscaloosa Airport was 95-degrees and the heat index was a sizzling 98. There are numerous thunderstorms over southwest Alabama and some of this activity could migrate in our direction through the early evening hours. There is also the chance for isolated thunderstorms to continue to develop as temperatures remain quite steamy. Tonight the activity will gradually diminish, with lows in the 70s.

The news is looking better as far as rain chances go for the rest of the week. We could use some rain as our deficit for the year has now reached seven inches. First off, tomorrow will be much like today. The sky will be partly cloudy with very hot temperatures. There will be the chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon hours. By Thursday, a front will drop in from the north and weaken the ridge. This will allow for a better coverage of showers and thunderstorms. The model guidance is also pointing at favorable conditions on Friday for a better coverage of scattered showers and thunderstorms. High pressure will tighten its grip by the weekend and we will be returning to the hot and humid setup, with only isolated afternoon thunderstorms through early next week.

In the Atlantic, Bertha is a category two hurricane now churning towards the north. Folks in Bermuda are nervously watching this hurricane as it will pass just east of that island. No other tropical systems are expected to develop. We will keep you posted!


Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Chief Meteorologist