Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion; 4:28 p.m.

A good Saturday to you! The weather today has turned out hot and humid again, with temperatures in the lower to middle 90s. Much like yesterday, there are storms scattered around the area, with the best coverage of storms over the eastern half of the state. We have some big changes coming up over the next 48 hours, as a cold front makes it in here from the north. Today, we will continue to deal with the spotty showers, but more numerous storms will occur on Sunday. The good news is that most places have seen some impressive rainfall totals across the area, so this will help in our drought situation. Also, with a soupy air mass in place, you can expect to see a storm at any time, even during the overnight hours. The best chance of rain will hold off until Sunday afternoon, where there is a 50% chance of rain and storms. Some storms could be strong as the afternoon progresses but no widespread severe weather is expected. Temperatures will make it into the lower 90s in locations that see more sun. Once the front makes it in here late Sunday night into Monday morning, we will deal with a north breeze and drier air filling in behind the front. You will notice some relief in the humidity but the daytime highs won’t be any cooler. You can expect a stray shower south of Tuscaloosa for Monday, but we will be dry on through next Thursday. Highs will continue in the lower to middle 90s, with lots of sun around.

Things begin to change again, as some gulf moisture returns on Thursday and Friday. I’m calling for a few afternoon storms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but this will be the widely scattered storms we typically see this time of the year. Highs will slowly creep up into the lower 90s by the weekend.

The tropics remain fairly active, with Hurricane Bertha spinning away to our east. This storm has become nearly stationary and is holding its punch. The 5 p.m. advisory has winds sustained at 75 MPH, with a northward progression at 1 mile per hour. Our friends in Bermuda are nervously watching the storm stir just to their southeast, but the folks at the National Hurricane Center expect this storm to dodge the island, with only minimum impacts at this time. Be sure to join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on Bertha and your forecast. Have a great Saturday!

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Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor