Rain Is on the Way…Friday Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

Sevenday_640 (5).jpgGood Friday afternoon! The trend for hot and dry conditions continue today, as most areas in Central Alabama have reached the upper 80s and lower 90s. Expect the remainder of today to be dry with lows in the mid 60s tonight.

On Saturday, expect a bit of relief from the heat as less humid air from the north continues to move into Central Alabama. Temperatures will be in the upper 80s by noon and highs will top out in the lower 90s, but the air will feel comfortable and rather refreshing due to lower humidity levels and a slight northwest breeze.

Sunday is predicted to be warmer than Saturday, but still should be fairly comfortable as drier air moves into our area. Expect a small chance for a few isolated showers during the afternoon hours, but these will only impact the northernmost counties in Central Alabama.

Monday through Tuesday will remain dry, but expect rain to be making its way into the forecast by Wednesday. As of the latest model runs, only a few showers are predicted to occur on Wednesday and Thursday, with thunderstorms occurring on Friday. However, rain chances could increase up to 40-50 percent on Thursday and Friday over the next few days.

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Chelsea Aaron
WVUA Weekend Meteorologist
caaron@wvua23.com
Twitter: @checkwithchels

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Hot Days Continue… Little to No Rain… Thursday PM Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather remains pretty hot and dry this afternoon, with most areas reaching the lower 90s over west Alabama and upper 80s over east Alabama. We’ll stay mostly dry tonight, although I can’t rule out a stray shower overnight.

The ridge will continue to break down a bit on Friday and over the weekend, with temperatures averaging in the upper 80s to near 90 each afternoon. Look for mostly sunny skies, but rain is not expected. We’ll notice a northwest flow aloft develop Monday and Tuesday, and that may allow for some lower dewpoints to arrive. Highs will top out near 90 on Monday and Tuesday, with lows in the middle to upper 60s Monday morning and Tuesday morning.

Models are hinting at the ridge re-building now next week, which would increase temperatures and limit rain chances. At the moment, a 5% or less of a rain chance towards the middle and end of next week. It sure looks like we’re slipping into an early drought across Alabama. We need some rain soon!

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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Summer Weather Continues… Wednesday PM Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather was hot again today, with a record high in jeopardy. At 4pm, Tuscaloosa was reporting 95 degrees. The old record was 96. We likely tied or broke it between hourly recordings, so we’ll be watching for the final number to come out shortly. Expect a mild evening, with temperatures dipping into the lower 70s after midnight.

The ridge will weaken a little for Thursday through the weekend, but the heat will remain with us. Expect temperatures to drop to near 90 on Thursday and Friday. There may be a couple of tiny afternoon storms on radar. The risk of rain is only 5% or less, so don’t count on it.

Models are hinting at the ridge re-building now next week, which would increase temperatures and limit rain chances. At the moment, I’ve got highs in the lower 90s for Sunday through Wednesday, with a 5% or less of a rain chance. It sure looks like we’re slipping into an early drought across Alabama. We need some rain soon!

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Hot Days Continue… Little to No Rain Ahead… Tuesday PM Forecast Update #alwx @wvua23

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Good Tuesday afternoon! Our local weather continues hot across Alabama today, with most areas in the mid to upper 90s. We’ll gradually drop into the 70s overnight, with a muggy feel to the air.

The ridge will keep us hot and rain-free for Wednesday as well, with a high in the middle to upper 90s. Look for a mostly sunny sky.

The ridge will weaken a little for Thursday through the weekend, but the heat will remain with us. Expect temperatures to drop into the lower 90s, and there may be a couple of tiny afternoon storms on radar. The risk of rain is only 5% or less, so don’t count on it. This pattern will remain with us through early next week.

There is perhaps some hope of a better rain chance towards the middle or end of next week, but we’ve seen this look before and fade away. We’re in a critical time of the year for farmers, and we need rain to keep things growing. The sun angle in late May/early June is very high, and that tends to bake the ground out faster. Going a couple of weeks without rain this time of the year will dry things out fast.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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Spring Where’d You Go? Sunday forecast update @wvua23 #alwx

7 Day -10PM SHOW.pngHot Hot Hot!! That is all I can say for this afternoon. Tuscaloosa has broken yet another heat record hitting 98 today. The old record was 95 set back in 2012!

I cannot stress enough the importance to be aware of how long you spend outdoors this week in very hot conditions. Tomorrow will be another sunny HOT afternoon with highs in the upper 90s and feels like temperatures in the 100s. Drink plenty of water and apply sunscreen because the UV index will be in the extreme category as an 11.

There is still a ridge sitting over us with high pressure just east of central Alabama which is causing this extreme heat. Severe weather continues to push through the central US through midweek. But it’s a great week to get to the beach where highs are a little cooler than here in central Alabama.

Much needed rain returns tot he forecast with a chance for a few isolated showers possible Thursday to Sunday.

Have a great Memorial Day and thank you to all who have served and have risked their lives for our country!

Danielle Davis

Hot Days Continue. Saturday Forecast update #alwx @wvua23

7 Day -10PM SHOW.pngHappy Saturday everyone! Tuscaloosa set a new high record today touching 97 beating the old record of 96 set back in 1996! Record breaking heat continues as we have the chance to beat and tie records until Wednesday!

We are still sitting under this ridge and high pressure keeping us warm and dry. Water vapor imagery shows bone dry conditions all across the southeast. The Great Plain continue to get incredible amounts of rain and severe storms. Today is now Day 5 of storms for them and they will continue for the next few days.

Sunshine and extremely warm afternoons continue through Wednesday. By Wednesday we will “cool” into the mid 90s and low 90s on Thursday as a small rain chance returns back to the forecast. After a dry week we could use some rain here in central Alabama. Portions of east Alabama are recorded as abnormally low on the drought monitor. This is not severe but a little rain in the state would be nice!

Memorial Day is Monday and feels like temperatures will likely touch into the 100s so stay safe and drink plenty of water.

Danielle Davis

Triple Digits Possible This Weekend. Friday forecast update #alwx @wvua23

7 Day Forecast - 5PM SHOW.pngTGIF! Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone it is going to be a crazy hot one! We are still sitting under a ridge as well as high pressure giving us sunny, above average temperatures here in Alabama. Our average high for May is 84 degrees and we will sit above that by nearly 10 degrees most of the week.

Sunday highs will reach into the upper 90s to low 100s. If we hit 100 it will be the earliest Tuscaloosa has ever hit trip digits in a year. The current record is June and we could beat it by a week!

Memorial Day will hit the upper 90s to 100 across the state as well with lots sunshine. Record breaking heat lasts until Wednesday. We will start to cool into the mid 90s Wednesday and low 90s Thursday.

The chance for a few scattered showers returns on Thursday and becomes a little more collected on Friday. By no means will either day be a washout though!

The Great Plains is looking at day 4 of strong to severe storms. Flooding has become a catastrophic hazard especially along the Arkansas River where it is expected to reach 41ft by Sunday! Fortunately no flooding hazards here in Alabama but portions of east Alabama are now marked as abnormally low water levels on the drought monitor. Rain for the state would not be a bad thing!

Enjoy the weekend

Danielle Davis

@danielledaviswx