Thursday Afternoon Weather Discussion-3:10 PM

The big story this week has been the very hot and humid weather. Other than scattered thundershowers, we’ve dodged any organized rain. Thunderstorms have formed over northern sections of the state today. In fact, a severe thunderstorm impacted portions of East Alabama earlier. More thunderstorms are developing at the time of this posting over Lamar, Pickens, and Fayette counties. This activity will spread eastward and we will have the chance for a passing thundershower this evening. Lows tonight will be near 72-degrees.

An upper air ridge over Alabama will weaken over the next 24 hours and this will open the door to higher rain chances. Temperatures will top out near 90 degrees over the next couple of days, with a good chance for passing shower or thunderstorm. A slight risk for severe weather is in place for most of our area today and tomorrow. Some of the thunderstorms may bring the threat of high winds, frequent lightning, and large hail. As the ridge weakens a surface boundary will drop in from the north. This will be the focal point for rain development through Sunday. By Monday however, the ridge will begin to re-strengthen and we will have a return to very hot, humid, and mainly dry conditions for the middle of next week.

The Tropics: A disturbance is working its way across the Central Caribbean. So far, things have been rather quiet in the tropics. If you have a trip planned for the Gulf Coast this weekend, the weather will be rather nice. Highs will be in the upper 80s along the Alabama Gulf Coast, with ample sunshine. It is going to be quite breezy, with winds West at 10-20 mph. A stray afternoon thundershower can’t be ruled out.

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Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist