Hot Weather, Scattered Storms, Beach Forecast… Wednesday Forecast Update 425pm Update

Good Wednesday afternoon to you and happy Independence Day! A few spots got a nice downpour across the area this afternoon, as scattered storms developed. As of 4pm, there are still a few scattered storms across west and central Alabama, but many spots remain rain free. If you have outdoor events planned this evening or tonight for the firework festivities, don’t cancel your plans. The risk of rain will decrease after sunset. A stray shower can’t be ruled out through 9pm, but this activity should be out of here shortly after. The risk of rain at your house remains at 30% through 9pm. Where rain has fallen this afternoon, temperatures have cooled nicely, but the rain cooled air is limited to only a few spots. Conditions will remain very muggy through tonight.

The summer ridge is centered over the central Plains, but its affects extend as far east and southeast as Alabama. Tuscaloosa managed to reach the 100 degree mark again this afternoon, and I wouldn’t be shocked if we reach 100 again on Thursday. Since we’re positioned on the southeast of the ridge, and a deep tropical airmass has moved over Alabama, the risk of scattered storms will continue each day through the weekend and early next week. The risk of rain each day is at 40%, which means many spots won’t get rain each day, but I think most everyone gets a good downpour at some point between now and the weekend. The best chance of thunderstorms will occur during the afternoon hours. Please keep in mind lightning safety over the next 5 days, as storms will produce frequent cloud to ground lightning. Just like today, storms won’t last long. If a storm moves over your area, it will pass by quickly and the rest of the day will likely feature nice weather.

The beach forecast is looking nice over the next 5 days, but just like today, there’s a risk of scattered storms. The storms along the coast won’t last long. We can expect partly cloudy skies through the weekend along the Alabama Gulf Coast and northwest Florida Panhandle. Temperatures will top out in the upper 80s to around 90. Just like here locally, storms will produce lots of cloud to ground lightning. Use common sense when a thunderstorm moves near your area.

It’s that time of the year, as we enter the Dog Days of Summer. Send us your pictures of how your dog stays cool in the summer heat. Send the pictures to weather@wvuatv.com or tag us on facebook. Search our like page on facebook by WVUA-TV Weather.

Be sure you include your name, your dog’s name and the town you live in. We will started featuring these on WVUA-TV on Tuesday. This will last through August 11th. We’ve got some great pictures already, so hurry and send yours in so we can show your dog staying cool in the summer heat on TV.

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Nice Batch of Storms on Radar…Wednesday Update 2:10pm

We’re watching a nice batch of storms northwest of I-20/59 as of 209pm. These storms are drifting south and could produce heavy rain, lots of lightning, gusty winds and small hail. Storms will remain scattered, but some people will get some much needed rain, while others stay dry. These hit or miss storms may last in your area up to an hour, then move on. Keep the rain gear handy with any outdoor events this eve. We are not expecting a washout, but everyone in central and west Alabama have a chance of dealing with these scattered storms… 

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

rscott@wvuatv.com

Few Scattered Storms On Radar…Scattered Storms Possible Through The Weekend. Wednesday Update 1pm

Good Wednesday to you! We are watching a few storms develop in radar at this midday hour. This activity is scattered and drifting south. Look for storms to continue to pop up across central and west Alabama through this evening. If you have plans this evening for Independence Day, keep in mind lightning safety. If a storm moves into your area, go indoors until the storm moves on by or dies out. Storms will remain hit or miss, so not everyone will deal with rain this afternoon. Storms should remain in the 30 to 40% coverage. A few storms could grow to strong or severe limits, but I don’t expect major issues this afternoon. Plus, if it rains at your location, it won’t last long at all. These storms may last as long as an hour, but it’s very unlikely that storms last any longer than that.

If you have plans outdoors this afternoon or evening to outdoor events or cookouts, don’t let the few scattered storms change your plans. Many spots won’t get a drop. I know there are lots of firework events happening around of just after sunset; the risk of rain at any of these events is fairly low but not impossible. If a storm moves by your area, it may actually cool temperatures off a bit. If you don’t get a storm over your area or nearby, look for temperatures to reach the 98 to 100 degree range.

The risk of storms will continue each day through the weekend. Rain chances will continue in the 30 to 40% range. The best chance of storms will happen between noon and 9pm each day.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist

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Heat Advisory Through This Eve! Independence Day and Weekend Forecast – Wednesday Update 9am

Happy Independence Day to you! It’s hot on this Wednesday morning, and temperatures will get a lot hotter by this afternoon. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for parts of west Alabama, including cities such as Tuscaloosa to Gordo to Centreville to Livingston to Marion to Linden. If you live in west Alabama, take it easy this afternoon, as the heat will become dangerous. I know a lot of people are off work today, so if you have outdoor plans, drink lots of water and stay well hydrated. The air temperatures is expected to reach 100, with a heat index nearing 110 in spots.

If you have plans today, expect a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky. The risk of rain today is at about 30%, which means most spots will remain rain free. There is a risk for a few passing storms, do don’t be shocked if it rains at your house. If it does rain where you are, it won’t last long. Storms will remain hit or miss today through the weekend. The best chance of a few storms will occur during the peak heating hours of the afternoon. Temperatures will reach the middle 90s at noon and 100 degree mark at 3pm. Temperatures will fall into the middle 80s for the 9pm firework shows happening across the area and in Tuscaloosa.

Temperatures will gradually come down a touch by the weekend, with highs in the upper 90s. Heat index values will remain over 100 each day. There is the 30% risk of scattered storms each day. Overnight lows will remain in the lower to middle 70s.

…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A HEAT ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING.

* TEMPERATURES…MAY REACH UPPER 90S TO LOW 100S THIS AFTERNOON.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES…WILL RANGE FROM 100 TO 105 DEGREES THIS   AFTERNOON.
* IMPACTS…PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO THIS HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS IF   THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist

Rose Towers Are Gone! Before and After… Wednesday Update 9am

Good Wednesday morning and happy Independence Day! We had a great view of the Rose Towers Implosion this morning from the WVUA Tuscaloosa Towercam. The above pictures were taken from our towercam just before and after the implosion. Check out the cloud of dust on the image above! We’ll have more of this, including lots of video  of the implosion as it happened.

Send us your weather pictures! Send them to weather@wvuatv.com. Also, look us up on facebook and twitter. Like us on facebook by searching facebook.com/wvuaweather or WVUA-TV Weather. You can find us on twitter by searching weather@wvuatv.com or WVUA-TV Weather. Great way to get weather updates! Plus, facebook is a great way to send us weather pictures. Simply tag us!

Join us live on WVUA-TV weekdays at 4, 5, 6 and 10 pm and weekends at 10pm for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist