Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot this afternoon, under a partly sunny sky. As of 5pm, there are numerous showers and storms passing across Alabama, but the storms are scattered. This means it won’t rain all evening at your house, and some areas will remain dry. The nearby storms will cool all areas off a bit this evening…
The risk of rain overnight tonight is fairly low after 9pm, as we lose the afternoon heating. Some fog is possible late tonight and early Saturday, so use caution on the roads. Rain chances are a tad lower over the weekend, but I still expect scattered showers and storms on Saturday and Sunday. In-fact, rain chances may increase a tad on Sunday, as a backdoor type of cold front moves into the area. That may provide enough lift to get a few extra storms during the afternoon heating process on Sunday. Rain chances are at 40% on Saturday and 50% on Sunday. Expect a mix of sun and clouds over the weekend. Expect highs in the upper 80s over the weekened, with lows in the upper 60s to near 70. We could have some patchy fog Saturday night and Sunday night.
As the upper air support really dies across the area and upper air ridging moves in, rain chances will drop and daytime highs will rise. Expect highs near 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday, then low to mid 90s on Thursday and Friday. The risk of a passing afternoon storm or two will remain in the forecast over the weekend, but the risk is rather low.
We’ll be keeping an eye on a tropical feature moving into the Gulf next week. One computer model tries to develop it into a weak tropical storm late in the week and next weekend. The good news… Cool water temperatures and wind shear should prevent anything big from developing in the Gulf next week.
The beach forecast this weekend will include a mix of sun and clouds, with the risk of a few pop up storms. Most of the weekend will be nice at the coast, but keep in mind there is a risk of rain at times. Temperatures will top out in the 80s along the coast, with lows in the 70s.
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