Hot For Now… Cooler Air Soon… Monday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Monday afternoon and Happy Halloween! Our local weather has turned out hot again across Alabama, with all of our area reporting middle to upper 80s. A few spots have touched 90 this afternoon, which has either tied or broken records for the date. A ridge of high pressure will keep our area how over the next couple of days before our next cold front is set to arrive.

Expect temperatures to drop into the upper 50s tonight, so if you have plans outdoors tonight, expect a pleasant evening after a hot afternoon. Skies will remain clear overnight, with a calm wind. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature hot days, with highs in the middle to upper 80s. As the ridge breaks down a bit, a cold front will pass through Alabama on Thursday. While it’s not out of the question someone will get a quick passing shower with the front, the risk of widespread rain is unlikely. My rain chance is only at 10%, which means you would be lucky to get a drop. This means drought conditions will continue to get worse, so do not burn! Wild fires have been popping up all across the state, and the wild fire danger will continue very high for the next 7 days.

Cooler air will take over on Friday, with highs dipping back into the middle 70s Friday through the weekend. Lows at night will drop into the middle 40s, which will feel great to the cool weather fans.

Don’t forget about the time change Saturday night/Sunday morning. The official change is at 2am Sunday morning, when you would set your clock back one hour. This also means it will get dark at 5pm Sunday and at that time through the rest of the winter…

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Unseasonably Warm for Halloween…Sunday Evening Update, 7p.m.

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Good Sunday evening! It was another day of record breaking and record tying highs across Alabama: clear skies across the state really helped with getting the heat on. Tonight, skies will continue to remain clear as lows dip into the 50’s.

Tomorrow kicks off the work week with still very warm temperatures and dry conditions across the state. Highs will once again be near or at record breaking for this time of year in the upper 80’s, or even at the 90° mark. Monday evening for Halloween looks nice, if you can beat the heat. The safest bet will be to make sure to wait until sunset to allow temperatures to fall some before going out, as well as planning costumes out accordingly to prevent over heating. Tuesday will remain almost as warm as Monday, along with still plenty of sunshine.

The middle of next work week, starting late Tuesday, going into Wednesday, a cold-front will start to move into Alabama, delivering cooler temperatures across the state. Unfortunately, by the time the system arrives, most moisture will be gone from the front and central Alabama will only experience extra clouds: parts of far northern Alabama may see a few very isolated showers from the front. Once the front finishes passing later Thursday, skies will slowly clear up; Friday looks to hold sunny skies, temperatures closer to average, and still persistent, dry conditions.

The cooler weather from the end of the work week will carry on into next weekend, as well as sun filled skies. Sunday, clocks will be jumping back by one hour as we see over night lows dropping back into the 40’s.

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Record Highs for Trick-or Treating?…Saturday Evening Update, 8p.m.

Good Saturday evening! The dry spell continued today with lots of sun and record breaking highs across the state again today. Tonight, lows will slide down into the 50’s across the state with clear skies locked in place.

Tomorrow, the heat continues to help wrap up the weekend. Highs will be in the upper 80’s, with a few areas further south seeing near 90°. Skies will be mostly sunny, with just a few passing clouds. Expect yet another day of record breaking highs; which is not good with such little rain over the past several weeks now.

Next work week will start off with yet still very hot, dry weather…so much for it feeling like Halloween. Monday for Halloween will sees highs very close to the 90° mark making it seem more like Summer than Fall. Other than the very warm weather, conditions look good for trick-or-treating. Tuesday will remain similar to Monday until late; a cold front will push into the state bringing “cooler” weather for the remainder of the work week. Unfortunately, no rain looks to come with this system since it will have mostly dried out by the time it arrives. Its still a little early to completely rule out a shower for parts of far northern Alabama though. After the front passes, highs will no longer be near record breaking, but it will still be slightly above average.

Next weekend looks to remain slightly above average, but not as warm as we are experiencing this weekend…maybe some rain will arrive soon.

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Hot Days Continue… No Rain… Friday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot this afternoon, with most locations reaching the middle to upper 80s. With very dry air and a strong upper air ridge building over the area, skies have remained mostly sunny today. Dry air and a clear sky will allow temperatures to drop into the upper 50s overnight. If you have plans to a local high school football game, expect temperatures in the mid 70s at 7pm, with mid 60s by 10pm.

The intense summer like ridge will remain over the area through the middle of next week, which means more of the same hot and dry weather. Highs will reach the upper 80s each afternoon, with pleasant overnight conditions. High temperatures will approach or surpass record highs for this time of the year over the weekend and into early next week.

The drought situation continues to get worse for our area. Based on the latest forecast model data, I see no sign of rain over the next 7 days. Wildfire danger remains very high, so please avoid burning until we get a good rain. There is a no burn ordinance for most of Alabama…

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Record Breaking Heat Ahead… Drought Continues… Thursday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! It has turned out very mild this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the lower to middle 80s. Tuscaloosa is nearing a record high again this afternoon. A few tiny showers formed as expected north of I-20 this morning, but those have faded as of 4pm and most of our area did not get a drop of rain. Temperatures will gradually drop into the upper 50s for lows tonight.

A strong summer like ridge will build into our area on Friday and will remain with us through early next week. This means a stretch of hot daytime temperatures and a lack of rain. Highs will reach the upper 80s on Friday through Monday; in-fact, some areas may touch 90 degrees on Monday. Each afternoon, all of west and central Alabama stands a chance of breaking a record for the day. As the ridge becomes the strongest on Halloween day, that will likely be our hottest day over the next 7 days. Highs will approach 90, with a mostly sunny sky. Expect temperatures to drop into the upper 50s each night this weekend and into the middle of next week.

The upper air ridge should weaken some by the middle or end of next week, allowing temperatures to drop into the lower to middle 80s for highs.

The latest drought monitor came out this morning for our area, and drought conditions continue to increase. The Exceptional Drought, a classification on the top of the scale, has expanded westward to now include a large area along I-20 from Bessemer to Anniston. Extreme Drought is being experienced in areas near Tuscaloosa and eastward into much of central and east Alabama. Also, Hamilton to Vernon areas are in the Extreme Drought. The rest of west Alabama is classified in a Severe Drought. This is a major drought across our area and there have been numerous wildfires reported over the past month. Please avoid burning outdoors until we get some rain! Unfortunately, I don’t see any screaming signs of rain over the next 2 weeks…

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Very Warm Days Continue… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! It’s been another very warm late October day across Alabama, with temperatures reaching the lower 80s state wide. Clouds are increasing this afternoon, as mid to upper air moisture increases. As a weak disturbance passes north of the state tonight into early Thursday, an isolated shower or two could form across west Alabama. Unfortunately, most areas will remain dry, and if you get a shower over your area, it will not amount to much at all.

Friday through the middle of next week will feature very warm days and mild nights. An upper air ridge will build into the southeast and keep our local weather approaching records during the afternoon hours. Highs Friday through next Wednesday will top out in the middle to upper 80s. Lows will remain in the upper 50s each night. Halloween will feature much of the same… Mild and dry conditions, with a high around 86 on Monday and a low in the upper 50s Monday night.

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Very Warm Days Continue… #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very warm this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the upper 80s over west Alabama and middle 80s across east Alabama. Tuscaloosa has tied the record high of 86 for the day, with Anniston breaking the old record of 84. Given how dry the soil is, all of the sun’s energy is going into heating the surface rather than the cooling process of evaporation. This is one reason drought and hot temperatures go hand in hand. Since the drought will likely persist for a while, we can expect generally, warmer than average temperatures ahead; in-fact, record highs are possible this weekend and into next week.

A weak disturbance will pass north of Alabama on Thursday. We’ll notice increasing clouds on Wednesday and Thursday. Isolated light rain showers are possible Wednesday night into Thursday morning, but most areas will not get rain. An upper air ridge will build into the area over the weekend and will remain over our area through early next week. This will keep our local weather very warm and dry, with no rain chance. There’s a real chance that we will not get rain for atleast 10 to 12 days and perhaps longer than that.

Below is a comparison of the drought conditions of Oct 24, 2007 and Oct 24, 2016. Our area is in the worst drought since the 2007 drought, but if you look at the comparson between the two maps, the are of Exceptional Drought is less and concentrated to east Alabama only now. Back in 2007, the exceptional drought covered most of the state, including all of central and north Alabama. Either way, the drought is significant this year and some communities have called on water restrictions as well as a large area of an outdoor fire ban. Currently, most of central and west Alabama is classified under a severe to extreme drought.

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