Warmer Air Ahead… Showers on Saturday… Thursday Forecast Update – 3:50pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! After a chilly and frosty start to the day for many areas, conditions this afternoon have turned out really nice. Lots of sunshine with a light to calm wind allowed temperatures to modify well into the 60s this afternoon. With a clear sky, calm wind and surface high over the area, we’ll experience a fast drop in temperatures tonight, with lows in the middle 30s.

As upper air heights increase a little on Friday, I expect an even warmer afternoon. Temperatures will approach 70 over west Alabama, but areas near and northeast of Birmingham will top out in the upper 60s Friday afternoon. Look for an increase in high and mid level clouds by Friday evening and Friday night, ahead of an approaching weak upper air low and weak surface low.

Showers will increase Saturday morning from west to east, but rain amounts will remain rather light. Temperatures will struggle to reach the low to mid 60s on Saturday, with the return of clouds and showers on Saturday. As the upper air low moves to our east and heights increase again on Sunday, look for a rapid warm-up. Some areas could easily touch the middle 70s Sunday afternoon and upper 70s on Monday.

Another weak upper level low and associated surface low will bring clouds and a few passing showers by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Depending on how much sunshine we get, some areas could still reach 70 during the afternoon hours on Wednesday and Thursday, as above average temperatures continue…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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