Very Warm Weather Ahead!!! Thursday Afternoon Forecast Update – 4:15pm


Good Thursday afternoon! I had a great time speaking to Mrs. Phillips second grade class at Taylorville Primary this morning. I’ll show the kids on WVUA News at 5, 6, and 10pm.

Our weather turned out very nice this afternoon, thanks to a large area of high pressure overhead. The high is causing the air to sink over Alabama, which gives us the nice, blue skies and light to calm winds. Since the sun angle is higher this time of the year, a full day of sun will really help to warm temperatures. Highs reached the lower 60s across much of west and central Alabama. Temperatures will drop fast again after sunset tonight, with lows in the upper 30s to lower 40s. A quick warmup takes over tomorrow morning and early afternoon, with highs reaching the middle to upper 70s on Friday.

A deep upper air trough that brough the colder air over the past few days is moving east. A ridge of high pressure is building in behind the trough. The ridge, along with a south wind, will allow surface temperatures to really warm up. As moisture levels increase, overnight lows will also increase over the weekend, with lows in the 50s by that time. Afternoon highs will remain in the upper 70s through the entire weekend and on Monday of next week.

A sharp trough is expected to break down the ridge early next week. The trough will send a cold front into Alabama on Monday or Monday night. Showers and storms will become possible as early as sunset on Monday, but we can expect a good chance of showers and storms Monday night. At this time, the risk of severe weather looks low due to low wind shear, low instability and little upper air support. The front will drift south of our area by early Tuesday morning, so expect cooler air to filter in on Tuesday, with highs in the 60s. A breezy northwest wind will make Tuesday feel cooler.

Spring begins on Wednesday of next week!!!

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