Saturday Evening Weather Update – 8:15 PM

A good Saturday to you! Our weather was very hot today, with temperatures near 100 degrees. The heat index is what has made it feel so bad, and we can expect even higher heat index values tomorrow through Wednesday. Heat index could reach 115 during the mid afternoon hours. This will make our weather dangerously hot, so be sure to take it extra easy and stay well hydrated. Try to avoid peak heating hours if you’re going to be working outdoors.

The summer ridge that is responsible for this heat will build in even stronger on Sunday and Monday, which will raise our air temperatures to above 100 degrees. Expect lots of sun through Wednesday, with only a stray storm in the forecast. Consider yourself lucky if you see any rain at all. The ridge tries to back down a bit on Thursday and Friday, but only temporarily backs down. Highs will top out in the upper 90s. A few extra storms are possible during the afternoon hours. The ridge is back by next weekend, with highs around 100 degrees.

The tropics are heating up, but the area of activity is a long way away from Alabama. While there are no active hurricanes right now, things could change at anytime. We’ll keep you updated on the latest. Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV tonight at 10 PM for more updates on your forecast. Have a great evening!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist

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Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:20 PM

A good Friday to you! A heat advisory has been issued for the entire WVUA-TV coverage area until 7 PM on Sunday due to the extreme heat. Temperatures are well above average and could get a bit warmer over the next couple of days. This is a setup where it is easy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke to occur. Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated. This includes water and Gatorade. Also, try to avoid working outdoors during peak heating hours.

Temperatures have made it into the upper 90s this afternoon, with a heat index value of 107 to 110. Highs will get closer to 100 degrees over the weekend, with an average temperature of 100 degrees on Saturday and 101 on Sunday. Heat index values will have no problem rising to 110 both days. Rain chances remain very low, so don’t expect a cool-down from a passing storm. In-fact, rain chances are only at 10% through Tuesday. Our summer ridge is moving in and will be in full-force over the next few days. The ridge will back down just a bit on Wednesday and Thursday, which will set us up with a slightly better coverage of afternoon storm. Plus, temperatures will cool down a couple of degrees. High temperatures will top out in the 96 to 99 degree range.

The tropics are heating up again, with two areas of concern. One tropical wave is in the eastern Caribbean, and is not expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico. The second wave is well out in the central Atlantic. As of now, data develops this system into a tropical storm and moves it into the central Atlantic in 5 days. We still have plenty of time to watch that feature. Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV news at 5, 6, and 10 for more. Have a great weekend!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist

Heat Advisory Until 7 PM Sunday

AN AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE BOTH AT THE SURFACE AND ALOFT WILL REMAIN PARKED JUST WEST OF THE AREA FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. DOWN RIGHT HOT CONDITIONS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HIGH TEMPERATURES CLIMB INTO THE 95 TO 100 DEGREE RANGE AND HEAT INDICES JUMP INTO THE 105 TO 110 DEGREE RANGE FOR MANY LOCATIONS.
OVERNIGHT LOWS WILL NOT PROVIDE MUCH RELIEF AS LOWS WILL STAY IN THE 70S.

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM CDT SUNDAY.

THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE HEAT INDEX VALUES NEAR OR ABOVE 105 DEGREES IN MANY LOCATIONS THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON. IN ADDITION…OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES WILL NOT PROVIDE GREAT RELIEF AS THESE LOWS WILL REMAIN IN THE MID 70S IN MANY PLACES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE
POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS. MAKE SURE YOUR PETS HAVE PLENTY OF WATER AND SHELTER.

WVUA Meteorologist Richard Scott

Wednesday Afternoon Weather Update – 4:04 PM

A good Wednesday to you! More hot weather was dealt with today, but our temperatures are more average for this time of the year. Plus, our big warm-up in the forecast will make today’s weather feel nice. A ridge will gradually spread into the southeast, and our weather will gradually get hotter. Highs over the weekend could approach 100 degrees.

A few storms exist over central and east Mississippi, but Alabama’s weather is mostly dry today. A few storms could enter southwest Alabama this evening, but the majority of the area will stay dry. Temperatures this evening will dip down into the 80s at sunset, and middle 70s by daybreak. We can expect a mostly sunny start to our Thursday, but storms will become a good bet during the afternoon hours. We will be squeezed between a ridge and a trough tomorrow, which will give us a northwest flow aloft. This time of the year, a northwest flow aloft can mean scattered storms in central Alabama. We often get storm complexes to ride the outer edge of the ridge, and I think we’ll see this setup tomorrow. Rain chances are at 50% tomorrow. We’ll continue this setup through the weekend, but I’m expecting the best coverage of storms to be east of I-65 on Saturday and Sunday. Rain chances in west Alabama are between 20 and 30%. Meanwhile, temperatures really begin to warm into the upper 90s.

Our ridge strengthens across the southeast early next week, and that means some very hot weather in our forecast. Not only will the air temperature get hot, but tropical moisture will drive our heat index values into the 109 to 112 degree range. This will be a dangerous level, so be sure you take it extra easy and stay well hydrated. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Tuscaloosa is 107, which was in 2007. That day, there was limited moisture in the area, so our heat index was 107 as well. This means that our “feels like temp” will be much higher than our record high in 2007. Drink lots of water, and try to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

The tropics remain rather quiet for now, but we’re approaching the middle of our hurricane season, so be sure to stay with us as we continue to watch the tropics. Since we’re approaching the peak of hurricane season, activity could increase at any time. Be sure to join us on WVUA-TV today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 PM. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist

Tuesday Evening Forecast – 4:21 pm

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue tonight across parts of West Alabama with most rain ending around 9 – 10 pm. Otherwise look for mostly fair skies tonight and temperatures in the middle 70s..

On Wednesday, enough moisture will hang around to give us another round of scattered showers and storms after lunch. The chance of rain for any given location will be 30%. By Thursday, the high pressure ridge in place will move further west. This will allow us to see a better chance of showers and storms as a frontal boundary moves towards north Alabama from the northwest. The front will not bring any cooler temperatures, just a better chance of showers and storms. After Thursday, rain chances diminish to the typical 20% chance of afternoon storms as we head into the weekend. Highs will return to the upper 90s.

Jon Mason
WVUA Meteorologist

Saturday Evening Weather Update – 8:30 PM

Tuscaloosa officially made it to 100 today, which means this was the hottest day so far this year. The heat index is what made it feel so bad today, with a heat index of 107 to 110 across all of central Alabama this afternoon. A few showers and storms have cooled many of us off into the upper 70s and low 80s. If you didn’t see rain today, you’ve got another shot at it tomorrow. The remnants of Bonnie are bringing scattered storms to the area, and a few storms are still possible overnight. Once we get some afternoon heating tomorrow, we’ll likely deal with more storms. Rain chances are between 30 and 40%, so not everyone will see the rain. If you get lucky enough to get some rain, temperatures will cool off a bit.

Since we’re on the edge of a ridge, our rain chances are still in the forecast, but our temperatures will still be hot. Expect rain chances between 30 and 40% through Tuesday. Highs will top out between 96 and 99 degrees. The ridge will move back into our area by the mid portion of next week, so we’ll back off the rain chances and bump up the temperatures. We could get closer to 100 degrees late next week. Heat index values will get closer to 110 by Thursday and Friday. Skies will become mostly sunny, with only a hit or miss storm in the forecast.

The tropics are now somewhat quiet, with only one area of disturbed weather to talk about. Besides the remnants of Bonnie, there is an area of thunderstorms over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. There is a small chance of this system becoming a depression over the next 36 hours. Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV tonight at 10 PM for the latest on your forecast. Have a great Saturday!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist

Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:30 PM

A good Friday to you! We’re baking in the heat again today due to a powerful summer ridge. This ridge has kept us hot and dry over the past few days, but we will notice some changes in the forecast as we get into the weekend. As the ridge breaks down a bit, tropical storm Bonnie will lift in from the Gulf of Mexico. Although Bonnie is weak, she’s causing some big headaches in terms of the oil recovery operation. Be sure to tune into WVUA News at 4, 5, 6 and 10 for the latest on that.

As Bonnie moves in our general direction, we’ll notice more clouds and showers in our area. In-fact, there’s a good chance of rain on Sunday for areas south of Demopolis. Rain chance is at 40% for the Tuscaloosa area. While the Alabama Gulf Coast is expecting some gusty winds, we aren’t expecting anything major. In-fact, Bonnie is forecasted to come on shore late Saturday night as a tropical storm. Since Bonnie is so small, it will only be a temporary problem for the immediate coastline. We are not forecasting any major effects in the Tuscaloosa area. The only difference in our weather will be an increase in shower activity. The gulf water temperatures are very warm, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on any quick changes.

Once the gulf low moves inland and weakens, our rain chances dwindle down early next week. There will still be lots of tropical moisture in the area, so shower and storms are still possible during the afternoon hours. Rain chances are between 20 and 30%. Highs next week will gradually warm back into the upper 90s as the ridge re-organizes overhead.

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist