Sunday Evening Weather Update – 8:35 PM

A good Sunday to you and happy Father’s Day! Our weather continues to be hot across west and central Alabama, with many of us making it into the upper 90s. Unlike yesterday, rainfall was not an issue today. With the mostly sunny sky and dry conditions, it didn’t take long for our temperatures to get hot. A strong ridge of high pressure is over us now, and will continue to hover over us through the middle of next week.

Monday is the first official day of summer, and it is going to live up to its name. Highs will easily top the upper 90s. Some back yard thermometers could reach 100 degrees. Humidity levels will be a touch lower tomorrow, so it won’t be as muggy as it has been. Still, heat index values will approach 105 to 108 during the afternoon hours. Keep well hydrated tomorrow if you’re going to be outdoors for an extended period of time. Temperatures continue to climb into the upper 90s each afternoon through Wednesday, as skies remain mostly sunny. A stray storm or two is possible but not likely. By Thursday, our ridge backs down a bit, and we’ll see a return to partly cloudy skies. Also, a front will try to make it into central Alabama on Saturday. This will bring the rain chances up to 30% over the weekend. While the rain chances are low at this point, we may have to bump up the rain chance as confidence increases. Meanwhile, highs back down a few degrees; we can expect highs in the middle 90s through the weekend, with lows in the lower 70s.

We’re watching the tropics, as a tropical wave moves through the Caribbean. Some of our tropical models develop it into a tropical storm over the next few days and move it into the Gulf of Mexico, but confidence is low at this point. We’ll keep an eye on it, but wind shear is keeping this system from rapidly developing. There is some hint that the shear will weaken a bit as it moves into the gulf, so we’ll keep a close eye on it. Be sure to join me tonight at 10 PM for more on WVUA-TV. Have a great day!

Richard Scott

WVUA Meteorologist