Monday Update

The heat is with us on this longest day of the year. The official high at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport was 97 degrees. That was three degrees lower than the record high of 100, which was set in 2006. Our average high for this day is 91.

There will be more of the same for the rest of the week. Highs will be between 93 and 96 degrees for the next seven days. The chances for rain are slim through Saturday, they increase on Sunday and Monday. Remember to take it easy in this heat! If you have to be outside, drink plenty of water.

We’re also watching a wave in the Carribean Sea that could become a tropical depression in the next couple of days. Computer models bring it into the Gulf of Mexico in the next week or so. You can follow it by clicking here.

This is also Lightning Awareness Week. According to the National Weather Service, there are about 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes every year in the United States. According to the National Lightning Safety Institute, between 1990 and 2003, there were 756 lightning deaths in the United States! In Alabama there were 24 reported lightning deaths during that time. That means Alabama ranks 7th in the nation for highest mortality rate. So remember this motto, “When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors… and stay there at least 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder.” You can learn more about lightning safety by clicking here.

Robert Stevenson
WVUA Weather