Wednesday Afternoon Weather Update – 4:00 PM

A good Wednesday to you! Temperatures only reached 90 degrees this afternoon, but the heat index was closer to 100 degrees. Our thunderstorm chances the rest of this afternoon will be rather low, with only a few storms drifting around the state. Once the sun sets, storms will dissipate; although, I can’t rule out a storm or two through the night. Lows approach 72 degrees tonight. Hurricane Alex is making big news in the western Gulf of Mexico, but Alex is staying well away from the oil disaster in the gulf. This will give workers a sigh of relief, but as we get further into the hurricane season, we may run out of luck.

A cold front has entered northern Alabama this afternoon, but it’s becoming stationary. The front will slowly drift southward tomorrow, and bring drier weather to northern Alabama tomorrow. Rain chances will be confined to southern Alabama for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I can’t rule out an isolated storm for the Tuscaloosa area through the weekend, but rain chances are at 20%. Lower humidity will be felt through the weekend for the Tennessee Valley, but muggy weather will stick around for areas near and south of Tuscaloosa. Highs through Independence Weekend will approach 90 degrees, while lows bottom out around 70.

The rest of the forecast remains fairly similar, with highs in the lower 90s and lows in the low 70s. We really get into a typical summer patter, with isolated afternoon storms possible through mid-week. Be sure to join me for weather on WVUA-TV tonight at 5, 6 and 10 PM. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
Weekend Meteorologist