Hot Weather Continues…Thursday Evening Update 3:15 p.m.

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Good Thursday afternoon! It was another hot one across central Alabama with temperatures ranging between 85 and 90 degrees across the area, accompanied by mostly sunny skies. Hopefully everyone is enjoying the warm weather because it doesn’t look to be budging anytime soon over the coming week. Tonight skies remain mostly clear as temperatures drop to a mild 68 degrees here in Tuscaloosa, while other areas will see a temperature low. Thursday will keep the mostly sunny skies and temperatures quickly climb back into the 80’s by lunchtime.

Friday caps the weekend off with the same conditions taking place now and for Thursday with warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies, but a stray shower or storm can not be ruled out in the afternoon; no worries though, most will remain dry.

This Memorial Day Weekend will be the same to Friday with warm temperatures in the upper 80’s and mostly sunny skies for most, with just the brief opportunity for a select few to catch an isolated shower or storm: overall, it looks to be a great weekend to get outdoors, cookout, hang out with family and friends, and celebrate our veterans.

The beginning of next work week, including Memorial Day, still keeps the same trend for the weather. Warm temperatures will continue to hung in the upper 80’s and because of all the daytime heating, some may see a stray shower or storm. Overall, mostly everyone continues to remain dry and HOT!

Taking a quick look at the tropics, things are certainly becoming more active now that we are getting into the summer. Right now eyes are being kept on an area of cloud and showers over the western Atlantic Ocean northeast of the Bahamas that is associated with the interaction of an upper-level trough and a weakening front. While development is not
anticipated for the next couple of days, environmental conditions are expected to become more conducive for tropical or subtropical development on Friday. This area of disturbed weather is forecast to move slowly west-northwestward or northwestward and gradually
approach the southeastern United States over the weekend. As of now, the system looks to have no impact on Alabama’s weather, but we will continue to monitor it.

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Reggie Roakes
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Hot Days Ahead… Tuesday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! As an upper air ridge continues to build across the area, surface temperatures are gradually increasing each afternoon. Most areas are reporting upper 80s as of 4pm, but a few spots have touched 90 degrees. With plenty of sunshine this afternoon and a strong ridge in place, it didn’t take much to get hot afternoon temperatures. Expect a slow drop in temperatures overnight, with lows in the lower 60s.

Wednesday and Thursday will feature dry and hot days, with highs near 90 degrees. Overnight lows Wednesday night and Thursday night will fall into the upper 60s.

The ridge weakens a tad Friday through Memorial Day Weekend, but only enough to allow highs to drop back into the upper 80s. I’ve got a 10% risk of a stray shower or storm during the afternoon hours Friday through the weekend, but most of you will not see a drop of rain. This will be your typical stray afternoon summer-like shower or storm. Expect lows in the upper 60s at night. Memorial Day is looking great for outdoor activities, such as a trip to the pool, lake, river or beach. Speaking of the beach… Expect lots of sunshine along the northern Gulf Coast this weekend, with highs in the 80s and lows near 70. No issues are expected at the beach this weekend, so enjoy!

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Hot Days Ahead… Monday Forecast Update – 3:45pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon! Conditions are starting to feel rather hot across the state today, as an upper air ridge builds into the southeast. Temperatures will get even hotter this week, as many of us experience low 90s for the first time this year. With an upper air ridge over the area this week, don’t expect any widespread rain for a while.

Tonight, temperatures will fall into the upper 50s. While it will feel nice overnight, temperatures certainly won’t be as cool as lastnight. Expect a clear sky tonight and a sunny sky on Tuesday. A rapid jump in temperatures will take place, from a morning low in the upper 50s to an afternoon high in the upper 80s. Some spots could hit 90 tomorrow.

Low 90s are likely for some areas on Wednesday and Thursday, with a good dose of sunshine. As moisture levels increase on Thursday through the weekend, I can’t rule out a lone afternoon shower or storm, but the risk of that is only 10%. The ridge will weak a little over the weekend, allowing temperatures to drop into the 86 to 88 degree range. I know that’s not a major drop, but it’s atleast a few degrees cooler. Overnight lows will remain in the upper 60s this weekend.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Hot and Humid Work Week…Sunday Evening Update 7:30p.m.

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Good Sunday evening! This Sunday turned out to be a great end to the weekend with lots of sunshine, warm temperatures, and a breeze to help keep the warm temperatures feeling a little cooler. Tonight, temperatures will drop into the mid 50’s for those in west Alabama, but those further north or south will see temperatures cooler or warmer respectively. Tomorrow sky conditions will remain the same with lots of sunshine, but temperatures will be even warmer with west Alabama being close to the 90° mark, while areas in southern central Alabama will break into the 90’s.

The middle of next work week will continue to remain dry with temperatures steadily rise into the lower 90’s, so be ready for a hot work week ahead. As the work week progresses, winds will begin shifting to a southerly flow bringing in warmer and moister Gulf air. That will allow for a very isolated storm to develop on Wednesday; Over all, the beginning of this coming work week will remain dry.

By mid and late next work week, temperatures will continue to remain very warm, but more moisture will be available to allow for isolated showers and storms to develop in the afternoons. By this point in the week, conditions will feel very humid, on top of the warm temperatures.

Next weekend looks to be slightly cooler as additional clouds develop in the afternoons. Despite that slight cool down, conditions will still be very humid. Most should remain dry though, and only a few will catch an isolated shower or storm.

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Reggie Roakes
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Hot Work Week Ahead…Saturday Evening Update 7:50p.m.

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Good Saturday evening! The weather this Saturday turned out very nice for most, except the few on the far eastern side of the state that caught a few sprinkles early today. Here in west Alabama conditions stayed mostly clear and temperatures were very nice in the lower 80’s, accompanied by a decent breeze. Tonight, skies will continue to remain mostly clear as temperatures drop into the upper 50’s in the Tuscaloosa area, while others further north could see temperatures in the lower 50’s, easily. Then, for the day Sunday, conditions will remain similar to today’s, but temperatures will be slightly warmer. In fact, over the next week we will see a gradual warming trend taking place.

Monday will start off the work week staying dry as temperatures continue to warm and skies continue to remain mostly clear. Then, starting Tuesday, humidity will start to increase as winds change to a southerly flow bringing in warmer, moister air from the Gulf. The further increase in temperature combined with available moisture in the air will provide the opportunity for a few very isolated showers Tuesday.

Wednesday of next work week will hold a greater opportunity of scattered shower and storm development throughout central Alabama. After Wednesday, conditions will continue to remain humid as showers and storms pop-up in the afternoons from the daytime heating.

Friday and next weekend look like they will have a greater amount of available cloud cover, along with the isolated showers and storms sticking around; with those additional clouds, temperatures will be slightly cooler thanks to a little extra sunlight being blocked out.

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Reggie Roakes
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Nice Weekend Ahead!…Friday Evening Update 4:15p.m.

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Happy Friday evening! Today has remained very dreary after the first batch of showers and storms this morning. All the clouds kept temperatures at a cool 75° here in Tuscaloosa, and similarly across central Alabama. Right now on radar, a second, thinner batch of showers and storms are making their way into the state. This second batch will push through during the early evening hours tonight. The good news is, after this batch passes, better weather is on the way! Tonight will remain mostly cloudy after the rain until the early morning hours as temperatures drop into the lower 60’s across the state.

Tomorrow starts the weekend off with clearing skies early Saturday morning, before conditions become mostly clear for the remainder of the day. The return of sunshine means temperatures will be warmer in the low 80’s. Sunday the clear weather continues as temperatures continue to climb gradually over the coming days.

Next work week will remain mostly dry starting off.  Monday will continue to remain mostly clear before some patchy clouds develop Tuesday and Wednesday as the opportunity of a very isolated shower or storm arrives in the afternoon. Meanwhile, temperatures will be getting very toasty in the upper 80’s.

Late next work week temperatures will continue to be on the rise as the opportunity for scattered and isolated showers and storms increases in the afternoon; It’s clear that things are stating to look and feel a lot more like summer by the end of next work week.

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Forecast Changes for Friday… 9pm Radar Thursday Update – #alwx @wvua23

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Good evening! Based off the latest model data and the current setup, I feel confident that an MCS or cluster of organized thunderstorms will track along the central Gulf Coast late tonight through Friday morning. Above is a radar as of 9pm Thursday night. The MCS is located over the central Louisiana Gulf Coast and tracking east. Models often have a really hard time with these things, so this is a very tricky forecast ahead of us.

The latest data suggest the MCS will become nearly stationary along the Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast Friday morning, causing flooding near the gulf Coast. If this indeed occurs, it will greatly reduce the amount of unstable air advecting into central Alabama or basically block the inflow for storms in our part of the state. This would greatly reduce the amount of rain across central Alabama, but our local area would still get some rain. Totals would more than likely remain less than 1/2 an inch in this scenario, with some spots less than 1/4th of an inch. Expect the first wave of some light to moderate rain between 4am and 10am Friday morning, followed by a few scattered showers and storms during the afternoon.

I will say this… the scenario above is not set in stone. If the MCS dies out and warm, unstable air is able to flow into central Alabama, we would still end up with a healthy rain event on Friday. Either way, it will not rain all day. This forecast is highly dependent on whether or not there’s a large cluster of storms on the coast, south of our area. Above are the two scenarios, so plan your day around both possibilities.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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