Hot Weather, Scattered Storms, Nice Weekend! Wednesday Afternoon Forecast – 4:30pm

Good Wednesday afternoon to you! It’s another hot and humid summer day, with heat levels in the dangerous category. All of central Alabama has been placed under a Heat Advisory through 9pm tonight, due to the high heat index values. If you are working outdoors this afternoon and evening, take lots of breaks and stay well hydrated. We will likely get close to Heat Advisory levels again tomorrow, so use caution. After Thursday, the heat levels do come down as the upper air shifts out west. The short term forecast includes temperatures falling into the lower 90s by 7pm and lower 80s at 10pm. The risk of a stray storm is very low, but an isolated cell can’t be ruled out.

The upper air ridge will weaken some on Thursday and temperatures above the surface will cool. This will increase instability and get a few extra storms developing during the afternoon hours. The risk of rain is there, but many spots will stay dry on Thursday. Highs will reach the upper 90s. Skies will become partly cloudy on Thursday and partly sunny on Friday. As the upper air ridge weakens a bit, that will allow a surface front to move into north Alabama. While it’s classified as a cold front, it’s a really weak cold front and will bring little change to our weather. You will notice an increase in scattered storms on Friday, especially during the afternoon hours. Rain chances increase to 50% Friday afternoon. While some spots will get a soaking rain, other spots will stay dry or get little rain. It will not rain all day on Friday, so don’t cancel your outdoor plans just yet.

Most model data allows dry, continental air to move into the area on Saturday and Sunday. While temperature will remain hot during the day, lower humidity will make conditions feel much more bearable. Highs will top out in the middle 90s over the weekend, with lows in the upper 60s to around 70 Saturday and Sunday night.

Humidity will rebound quickly on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll introduce the risk of scattered storms on Tuesday and Wednesday, with rain chances in the 20 to 30% range. Highs will remain in the middle 90s, with lows warming into the lower to middle 70s.

I had a great time speaking to the kids at the PARA summer camp this morning in Tuscaloosa. I spoke to the kids at the Bobby Miller Center near Hillcrest and Taylorville Primary. Look for video on WVUA news at 5, 6, and 10pm.

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Richard Scott

WVUA Chief Meteorologist