Good Thursday morning to you! Our local forecast is looking great over the next couple of days, but we have some chilly weather ahead. It’s amazing how fast our weather can change. Last week, we had temperatures in the triple digits for the majority of central Alabama. This week, we’re struggling to reach 80 degrees for a high. We have experienced a major pattern change, and it looks like we will continue this for some time. For much of the summer, a ridge has been centered over the southeastern US, which has kept us very hot and dry. Now, the ridge has shifted east and is centered over the Atlantic. Another ridge has developed over the western US, which is causing a blocking pattern. This means our weather will remain like this for a while.
A weak cold front will move through the state tonight, and will bring a reinforcing shot of cooler air. Highs on Friday and Saturday will struggle to reach the lower 80s. Lows will dip into the upper 40s for Saturday morning. The gameday forecast is looking good, but cool. A north breeze will make conditions feel a bit cool. Once the sun sets, temperatures will drop like a rock. Expect a kickoff temperature around 69, with temperatures in the upper 50s to end the game. If you have outdoor plans during the afternoon, conditions will feel great, but it’s after sunset when it will get chilly.
Another cold front moves in Saturday night, and this front will mean business. Expect much cooler weather for the rest of the weekend and into next week. Highs on Sunday will likely stay below 75 degrees, with temperatures at night reaching the lower 40s. There will be limited moisture along the front, so don’t expect any rain. Monday will be another cool day, with a high temperature around 75. A breezy north wind will keep us chilly for Sunday and Monday. Temperatures gradually warm to around 80 by Wednesday and Thursday, but temperatures at night continue I the 40s through Wednesday morning.
The tropics have calmed down a bit, but there is still an area of concern in the central Atlantic. Most data turns this storm up the east coast down the road, but we’ll have plenty of time to watch this feature. The next name on the list will be Otto.
We’ll have more updates on the blog today, plus, you can watch us live on WVUA-TV today at 4, 5, 6 and 10 for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!
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WVUA Meteorologist Richard Scott