Mild Week Ahead; Drought Likely to Worsen. Sunday Forecast Update 745 pm #alwx @wvua23

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Mild weather ahead for west and central Alabama this week as sunny and dry conditions prevail. That, of course, not good news to many, as rain is desperately needed across the deep south. Some spots are in rainfall deficits as high as 15 inches, and it appears the drought is only likely to get worse over the next 14 days. The trade-off to these dry conditions is some pretty awesome weather, though. This is your classic “dress in layers” forecast. Cool to start out the day, but warming up in the afternoon. You might want a jacket as you head out the door, but by lunch, it will be warm enough for short sleeves.

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Speaking of that drought, here is the latest drought monitor. A full 100% of the state is experiencing some type of drought conditions, including 98% in moderate drought and 62% in severe drought. 24% of the state remains in extreme drought, and about 5% of Alabama is in exceptional drought, the highest category issued. What does this mean for you? It means to avoid all burning and open flame outdoors if possible. In addition, you should attempt to reduce unnecessary water consumption as well.

TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains quiet this evening.

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Alex Puckett
WVUA Weekend Weather Anchor
Twitter: @puckettwx
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