Heat Advisory for Wednesday! Tuesday Eve Update 10pm

Good Tuesday evening to you! All of central Alabama is under a heat advisory for Wednesday, due to the very hot weather forecasted. Heat index values may approach 108 or 109 in many spots, so use caution! Here’s a statement from the National Weather Service in Birmingham…

A DOME OF HIGH PRESSURE OVER MUCH OF THE UNITED STATES WILL PRODUCE HOT AND HUMID CONDITIONS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL CAUSE HEAT INDEX VALUES TO REACH DANGEROUS LEVELS ACROSS CENTRAL ALABAMA.

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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New Tropical Storm Soon? Tropical Update – 6:20pm Tuesday

Good Tuesday eve to you! We’re watching an area of low pressure to the northeast of Bermuda at this hour. While there’s a chance it could become a tropical storm, it will not impact the US. Here’s a statement from the National Hurricane Center.

A NON-TROPICAL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM LOCATED ABOUT 625 MILES EAST-NORTHEAST OF BERMUDA IS SHOWING SIGNS OF ORGANIZATION AS IT GRADUALLY LOSES FRONTAL CHARACTERISTICS. THIS DISTURBANCE IS MOVING NORTHEASTWARD AT ABOUT 10 TO 15 MPH AND IS LIKELY PRODUCING WINDS AT OR NEAR GALE FORCE.  THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE…40 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE BEFORE IT REACHES COOLER WATERS ON WEDNESDAY.  FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…PLEASE SEE HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

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Very Hot, Storms Ahead…Tuesday Afternoon Forecast Update 4pm

Good Tuesday afternoon to you! It’s hot today, with many spots in the middle to upper 90s as of 4pm. Since dewpoints are high, heat index values are tough this afternoon, with values in the 105 to 108 degree range. Heat index is a factor of air temperature and dewpoints; it’s a comfort index. If you have plans outdoors for the rest of the afternoon and evening, use caution and stay hydrated. Temperatures will fall into the lower 90s by 7pm and lower 80s by 10pm tonight. Since dewpoints are high, temperatures will fall rather slowly after sunset. Don’t forget that much of the area is under a heat advisory through 7pm tonight.

Temperatures will remain very hot on Wednesday and Thursday, with highs between 97 and 100. Expect mostly sunny skies both Wednesday and Thursday, with the risk of a passing afternoon storm. Most spots will stay dry through Thursday. Heat index will continue to be a big factor, with values between 103 and 108. Try to limit outdoor work to the morning and evening hours, to avoid peak heating hours. If you have to work during the hottest part of the day, take breaks and drink lots of water.

The strong upper air ridge is baking much of the US and deep south today, but there will be some changes over the next few days. The upper air ridge will weaken quickly on Thursday and Friday, which will allow a weak cold front to drop into our area. The front will move into north Alabama Friday afternoon and will allow for an increase in storm coverage. Showers and storms will increase to a 50/50 coverage on Friday. I don’t expect an all day type of rain on Friday, but some spots will get a good soaking for an hour or less. There is some hint that the cold front will east through central Alabama on Saturday. If the front can move south of HWY 80, then all of our area will deal with sunny skies and drier air on Saturday and Sunday. I still have a risk of a few showers and storms along the cold front Saturday morning, but model data pushes drier air into the area after lunch. I’ve taken all rain chances out of the forecast for Sunday and Monday. Skies will become mostly sunny on Saturday through Monday, with afternoon highs in the lower to middle 90s. If the lower dewpoints can move into our area, we’ll catch a quick break in the humidity late in the weekend. We’ll continue to fine-tune the weekend forecast as the week progresses.

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Dangerous Heat Today – Thursday! Heat Advisory… Tuesday Morning Update 11am

Good Tuesday morning to you! Here’s the latest on our Heat Advisory across parts of central and south Alabama. Counties shaded in red are under the heat advisory, which includes Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Chilton County and points south. Heat index values will reach 106 in many spots this afternoon. I wouldn’t be shocked if a few spots reach higher values than that. Actual air temperatures are in the lower 90s as of 11am and will reach the upper 90s after 2pm. Temperatures will remain above 90 degrees through 8pm, then fall into the lower 80s by 10pm.

The risk of rain is very low, so many spots will remain rain free. Due to the strong ridge of high pressure over our area and high dewpoints, conditions will remain hot and muggy through Thursday. We can expect a mostly sunny sky through mid-week. The ridge will back down a bit on Friday and Saturday.

If you are working outside today, Wednesday or Thursday, use caution and drink lots of water. Try to limit outdoor work between 1pm and 7pm today through Thursday.

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