Dry Now, Soaking Rain Ahead… Thursday Forecast Update – 4:50pm #alwx

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Good Thursday afternoon! Skies remain mostly sunny today, with temperatures reaching the middle to upper 80s in our area. The air remains dry, so conditions are comfortable for now. Big changes are expected as the weekend moves in, so enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Temperatures will drop into the lower 60s tonight, with a mostly clear sky.

Clouds will steadily increase on Friday and Saturday, but I don’t expect any rain through Friday night. If you’re going to the local high school football games, expect dry and comfortable conditions. Temperatures will drop into the lower 70s during the games.

As moisture levels increase ahead of a storm system on Saturday, I can’t rule out a few pop up showers or storms. The risk of rain is still low on Saturday, but rain chances will quickly increase Saturday night and on Sunday. There’s a good chance rain will fall for most of the day on Sunday, with a soaking expected. While there will be breaks in the rain, keep the umbrella handy Saturday night, Sunday and on Monday. The heavier rain will move east of Alabama early Monday morning, but a few pop up showers are still possible on Monday. Highs will top out in the 70s on Sunday and lower 80s on Monday.

We’ll become mild and mostly dry on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the lower to middle 80s, with lows in the lower to middle 60s.

The tropics are quiet…

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Upcoming Rain Event to Help Drought… Thursday Update – 4pm

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The map above is from the NWS Weather Prediction Center/HPC. The forecasted rain event approaching Alabama will bring wet weather to the viewing area Saturday night, Sunday and Monday. The map shows forecasted rain totals near 2 inches across the state. drought

The event will bring some much needed rain to the area. The map above is from the U.S. Drought Monitor. The areas in yellow are considered to be “abnormally dry”, and the areas in tan are considered to be in “moderate drought”.

Since January, Tuscaloosa has only received 35.08 inches of rain. We should have 39.98, on this date, which leaves a deficit of 3.58 inches. We don’t expect to receive enough rain to completely offset the deficit, but if our area picks up 2 inches, that would be a great help!

Caitlin Golden

WVUA Weather Intern