Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion – 4:40 PM

A good Wednesday to you! Our day started off very cold, with upper 30s to lower 40s area wide. Many neighborhoods broke records last night. Check out some of the morning lows:

Centreville: 38

Hamilton: 38

Talladega: 38

Troy: 39

Pinson: 39

Sylacauga: 39

Clayton: 41

Tuscaloosa: 43…Record low was 44

Selma: 46

Temperatures warmed nicely this afternoon, as many of us reached the middle to upper 70s. We will continue to notice a warming trend over the next few days, as an upper air ridge centers over the southeastern US. The ridge will bring hot and settled weather. While it will keep us from picking up any widespread rain, it will start to feel very humid.

We’ll deal with one more cold night, with upper 40s likely in west and central Alabama. There could be a few 45 degree readings near Hamilton and Haleyville, but the rest of us will be closer to 50 degrees. Skies will stay clear tonight and sunny on Thursday. There is no chance of rain in the forecast through Friday.

The weekend will feature some changes. While the ridge will keep any widespread storms from developing, I wouldn’t be surprised to get a pop-up shower somewhere in west and central Alabama. Temperatures will be closer to 90 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. As moisture levels increase, it will be hard to keep an isolated storm from developing.

Conditions will remain about the same through early next week, with a high between 88 and 92 degrees. Heat index values will approach 95 degrees at times. Lows at night will warm into the lower and middle 60s over the weekend and early next week.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott