Hot Days Continue… Cooler Air By The Weekend… Monday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx

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Good Monday afternoon! Summer weather continues across Alabama, as we await the first strong cold front of the upcoming Fall season. If you have outdoor plans or have to work outdoors this week, the heat will continue. Not only is the heat a problem, high dewpoints are causing the humidity to become unbearable at times. As air temperatures rise into the lower to middle 90s on Tuesday through Thursday, heat index values will top out in the 100 to 103 degree range… I can’t rule out a passing shower or storm each afternoon, but the risk of rain today through Wednesday is low.

A very deep trough will dig across the central US on Thursday and Friday, sending a cold front into Alabama. Models agree this front will bring lower air temperatures and much lower humidity to the state, as a north wind brings Canadian air into the US. Showers and storms are possible along and ahead of the front on Thursday and Friday, but I don’t expect an all day type of rain. Most areas should go dry by Friday afternoon and evening, in time for the local high school football games. Since this is still a few days out, keep checking back with us on any changes to the timing. 

Temperatures will top out in the lower to middle 80s for much of the area on Saturday and Sunday, with decreasing clouds and a north breeze. Conditions will feel much better this weekend for college football, unlike the very hot weekend we just went through… Depending on how fast the front can get south of the area will determine how much sun we see on Saturday, but I’m forecasting a partly cloudy sky at this time. There is a chance we could be totally sunny on Saturday, but timing is still a bit in question. Overnight lows will fall into the upper 50s or lower 60s Saturday night and Sunday night!

The tropics remain rather quiet. There is a well organized wave just coming off the African coast, but we have plenty of time to watch it, and chances are, it will turn out to sea. We’re nearing the peak of the season now, so it’s rare for the tropics to be this quiet in early to mid September… 

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