Hot Days… Scattered Storms… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:15pm


Good Thursday afternoon! Parts of Alabama has dealt with showers and storms today, while others have stayed dry. Tuscaloosa hasn’t had a drop of rain as of 4pm, while Birmingham had nearly 2 inches and some flash flooding today. The risk of scattered storms will remain in the forecast for the rest of the afternoon and evening. Some areas will stay dry, while others get a nice downpour. Temperatures will gradually cool into the upper 70s after 10pm and lower 70s by daybreak. Conditions will feel very muggy tonight due to high dewpoints. In areas that have picked up rain today, you may deal with a little fog tonight.

The pattern doesn’t change much over the next few days, due to high moisture levels and hot temperatures. Highs will reach the lower 90s, with heat index values reaching the 100 degree mark. As things heat up, storms will become widespread. Also, we’ll be watching a weak cold front moving our way late in the weekend and early next week. The front will help to bring our area a good chance of scattered storms. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will feature a 40 to 50% chance of scattered storms. That being said, it will not rain all day or night. The best chance of storms will occur during the mid afternoon, but a few morning and overnight storms are possible.

As the weak cold front becomes stationary over Alabama on Monday and Tuesday, we’ll hang onto a 50% risk of scattered storms. Again, it will not rain all day or night, but storms are possible at any point. Rain will generally last less than 1 or 2 hours at your house. Have the umbrella nearby… Highs will remain in the lower 90s, with lows in the low 70s.

The tropics are rather quiet at this time, but we’re watching one area in the Caribbean. At this time, it is unlikely that feature gets organized. If you’re going to the beach this weekend, expect the risk of scattered storms. Highs will reach the lower 90s along Alabama’s Gulf Coast. It will not rain all day or night there, but don’t be shocked if some storms pass your area over the next few days and the weekend…

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