Sunday Afternoon Weather Discussion; Updated at 4:33 p.m.

A good Sunday to you! The weather turned out hot again, as highs toped out in the middle to upper 90s. With high humidity around, the heat index reached 105 here in Tuscaloosa. Aside from the heat, I’m watching a complex of storms move across east Mississippi this afternoon; the storms are weakening, but may reach western sections of Alabama by 6 p.m. We certainly need the rainfall, but many places will remain dry for the rest of the day. We will at least get some clouds out of it, which will make things feel a little more comfortable this evening. Areas over Pickens, Lamar and Sumter Counties could receive some good rainfall totals, as the complex progresses southeast. Don’t expect much rain north and east of Tuscaloosa today.

The big story tomorrow will be the heat. Highs are expected to reach 100 degrees, with a heat index approaching 108. Take it extra easy if you are going to be outdoors during the afternoon hours. In-fact, try to stay cool between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., as temperatures will be in the 90s. Don’t expect much relief in the heat from rainfall; there is only a 20% chance for a widely scattered storm tomorrow. The same will go for Tuesday, as highs will reach the upper 90s. The ridge that has kept the central US baking in very hot temperatures will nudge eastward by tomorrow. This will put us underneath some warmer air aloft, so don’t expect many showers or even clouds. Fortunately, the ridge will quickly back down by Wednesday and Thursday and more clouds and showers will arrive. With that being the case, the temperatures will be slightly cooler, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. Also, a cold front will move through here Friday, which will bring us more rainfall. Highs on Friday may struggle to reach 90 degrees. I have placed a 40% chance for storms for Thursday and Friday, but as drier air moves in for Saturday and Sunday, there is only a small chance for a stray storm around here.

The tropics remain very quiet. If anything develops, we will quickly let you know about it. The next named storm will be Edouard. Be sure to join us tonight at 10 p.m. for the latest on your forecast. Have a great Sunday!

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Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor