June 30, 2011 Leave a comment
A good Thursday to you! It’s hot around central Alabama this afternoon, but it’s not as hot as it will get over the next few days. As the 500mb ridge builds into the southeast, temperatures will continue to warm a little each day through the weekend. As soil moisture dries out over the next few days, more of the sun’s energy will go into heating the ground rather than evaporating the moisture. Evaporation is also a cooling process, so that’s what has kept us in the lower 90s over the past couple of days. The good news is that the ridge doesn’t look as intense over the weekend as it did a few days ago, so I’ve brought temperatures back into the upper 90s rather than triple digits.
Skies will remain mostly sunny through the 4th of July weekend, as warmer air aloft caps off the atmosphere. If you have a trip planned to the river, lake or pool, the hot weather shouldn’t be much of a bother. Be sure you drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated. Also, wear lots of sunscreen. The higher sun angle this time of the year can bake your skin in a hurry. Expect highs in the upper 90s through the mid portion of next week. Dry air that is currently in place will move out as moisture returns. This will mean a warming trend at night, with lows returning into the lower 70s.
Isolated afternoon storms are possible on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but many of us will not see the rain. Plus, if a storm pops up in your area, it won’t last more than 15 minutes.
Have a safe holiday weekend!
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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott