Tuesday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:55 PM

The daily record highs for the rest of the week range between 100 degrees and 105 degrees. I don’t think we will be setting new records around here but we will certainly have similar values when it comes to the heat index. At the time of this posting it was feeling like 100-degrees in Tuscaloosa, with an actual temperature of 91. The radar is much quieter and it should remain that way through this evening. The hot and dry weather is the product of a broad upper level ridge that will remain over our area through Friday. You can expect dangerously hot days, with highs in the middle to upper 90s. The heat index after lunchtime will easily top the century mark so you may want try and tackle most of the outdoor work early in the day. The sky will be mostly sunny each day and during this time of the year the sun is quite strong. Make sure you pack on lots of sunscreen.

Our next mention of rain in the forecast will be for Friday. A stray thunderstorm could impact places like Hamilton and Double Springs Friday afternoon. More rain will be possible over the weekend as the upper air ridge weakens. Saturday and Sunday will start off dry, with scattered showers and thunderstorms during the afternoon and early evening. The models are advertising that the core of the ridge will remain to our west on Monday and Tuesday. Therefore, we will maintain a chance for a passing thunderstorm or shower early next week. Some of the storms could be on the strong or severe side, with gusty straight-line winds. Stay cool this evening!

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Good Morning! There is no doubt that this is going to be a very hot Tuesday. Already the temperatures are rising into the lower 80s and it is only 9:00 at the time of this update. We had some wind damage reports associated with the line of thunderstorms that impacted northern and eastern sections of the state last night. You can see the latest local storm reports by clicking here.