Cloudy Days Returning… Forecast Update 4 pm #alwx @wvua23

7 Day Forecast - Offset Lows - PM.pngWell the day started off gorgeous! Highs for the day touching 81 degrees in Tuscaloosa, tying the old record set in 2014! Highs through Friday are expected to meet or even exceed old records set. This is unusual for this time of year. Temperatures are usually barely reaching into the 60s in the afternoon and we are experiencing lows in the mid 60s!

Tomorrow will be an interesting day. There is a cold front moving our way south, but will fall just short of reaching us. This means precipitation chances have decreased. Areas may see a stray shower or two but nothing heavy. Rain totals through Friday fall short of a half an inch in more central counties.

Friday we will see partly sunny skies with almost no chance for showers so that will be another great day to get outside before storms move in on Saturday and Sunday. By Monday we will start to cool down again with highs in the upper 60s.

Danielle Davis

Twitter: @DanielleDavisWX

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Record Breaking Heat Today! Forecast update 9 pm #alwx @wvua23

7 Day Forecast - Offset Lows - PM.pngWell we hit record highs here in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham today! Tuscaloosa’s high of 79 beat the old record set just last year of 77. We got a good dose of sunshine and clouds today. It was a nice afternoon to get outside. Tonight is warm as well with lows dropping only back into the upper 50s low 60s. This is unusual because typically highs this time of year are in the low 60s.

Tomorrow expect another warm day with times of sun and clouds. Later in the afternoon there is a chance for a shower or two but nothing heavy. Clouds will increase later Tuesday to make way for another chance for rain on Wednesday and Thursday. Models continue to change how south this system will press so be prepared for a shower these days, but some southern counties may stay dry or only get a drizzle.

Friday will be another nice day with a limited chance for rain and a good dose of sunshine. Rain is in the forecast each day this week, however rain total predictions say central Alabama should see less than an inch.

Danielle Davis

Cloudy start to the week with more rain on the way… Sunday Forecast Update – 7:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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After a rainy and cloudy weekend, we will see lower rain chances for the start of our work week.  We will be much warmer than average this week.  Temperatures on Monday will reach the lower 80s and we will likely see the sun only a few times in the afternoon.  A light passing drizzle cannot be ruled out for tomorrow either, and expect those temperatures to reach the lower 60s that night.

We will keep this warming trend for Tuesday as well, expect warm temperatures again and cloudy skies.  We start to see a bit of an increase in our rain chances Wednesday as a front will be hovering over northern Mississippi.  This will increase our cloud cover for Wednesday, making for a muggy and warm day.

Expect rain showers for Thursday as that front will be getting a bit closer to us.  It will not be powerful enough to effect the temperatures though.  Our highs for the remainder of the week will stay in the upper 70s, and the lows will be in that lower 60s range.  We will still have some pesky cloudiness for the weekend, as winds will stay out of the south, delivering some moisture to the area.

Cloudy and Warm days ahead… Saturday Forecast Update – 8:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Saturday evening!  We are anticipating a cloudy and much warmer week here in T-town.  Temperatures at the beginning of the week will be in the lower 80s and our lows will only be in the mid to lower 60s.

Our rain chances will increase a little bit on Wednesday afternoon, as a weak front will be approaching but that will not knock the temperatures down too much.  The remainder of the week will bring temperatures in the lower to upper 70s.  So we will still be a good bit warmer than what we have been use to these past few weeks.

We cannot expect much sunshine to be in our grasp either.  Cloudy skies will be with us all week along with slight rain chances as we get closer to the weekend.  So plan for a cloudy and much warmer week!

Few Weekend Showers Possible… Very Warm Next Week! Friday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Right on schedule, our early afternoon cold front has reached I-20, and temperatures are dropping into the 50s behind the front. This will be a very short-lived cooler airmass, as temperatures warm back into the 60s this weekend and 80s next week. The showers along and ahead of the cold front are light and fast moving. We had a quick burst of light rain in Tuscaloosa for 15 to 20 minutes, now it’s dry and cool. Temperatures will fall into the upper 40s north of I-20 tonight, with 50s to the south.

Saturday will be a day with a mostly cloudy sky and a few passing showers. The best chance of showers will be north of I-20, where conditions could be fairly wet over the Tennessee Valley. For areas south of I-20, there could be a quick light shower or two, but widespread rain is unlikely. To be safe, keep the umbrella handy on Saturday, as a few passing showers will randomly pass through the area. A warm front will lift north on Sunday, with the risk of a few showers along the front.

Very warm air will take over by Monday and Tuesday, with widespread low 80s! A humid airmass will also accompany the warmer temperatures, so overnight lows will modify into the 60s.

Models continue to pump up the ridge over the Gulf for the middle of next week, and model data is backing off on the risk of rain on Wednesday and Thursday, as the front could stall to our west. I’ve lowered the rain chance to reflect that trend, but we’ll keep an eye on it, as any change in where the front stalls could increase or decrease our rain chance. Temperatures appear to be very mild through next weekend.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Few Weekend Showers… Very Warm Early Next Week! Thursday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out very mild and muggy today, with all of our area reaching well into the 70s; in-fact, areas near and south of Tuscaloosa reached the low 80s this afternoon! Expect temperatures to remain mild and muggy tonight, with a low in the lower to middle 60s.

A very weak cold front will push into central Alabama Friday just after lunch. Models indicate a very thin band of sprinkles or light showers will accompany the front, but rain amounts will be generally less than 0.10″ and some spots may not get a drop. We’ll reach the upper 60s before the front arrives, then fall into the 50s during the mid to late afternoon Friday. Lows will reach the upper 40s late Friday night.

The front will wobble back north some on Saturday, allowing for 70s south of I-20 and 60s to the north. A few showers will move in on Friday, but the better rain chance will be north of I-20. Rain amounts will be very light on Saturday as well, with most areas getting less than 0.20″ total. If showers move into your area on Saturday, they won’t last very long. Again, the higher chance of seeing showers will be north of I-20, but a few passing showers will be possible further south, especially during the afternoon and evening.

A few showers will remain possible on Sunday, but I do not expect widespread or heavy rain. The higher chance of getting a shower on Sunday will be northwest of Tuscaloosa.

Monday and Tuesday will feature spring like days, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s! A passing shower is possible, but most of our area will not get a drop of rain. Look for a mix of sun and clouds on Monday and Tuesday.

There’s evidence of a better rain maker coming in by Wednesday or Thursday, but models are backing off a bit and it may end up being another situation where the ridge wins and the main rain axis stays to our northwest. We’ll fine-tune that as we get closer.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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Mild Days Ahead… Unsettled Pattern Continues… Wednesday Forecast Update – 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out mild and muggy today, with all of central and west Alabama reaching the 60s. A few spots south of Tuscaloosa reached the 70 degree mark today. Showers were concentrated over north Alabama as of 4:30pm, and the risk of showers along or south of I-20 through the evening is low. Expect temperatures to hold steady all night, with lower to middle 60s area-wide. Areas of patchy fog will develop overnight, and we may see a dense fog advisory needed later tonight.

Thursday will be the warmest day so far this week, with a high in the middle to upper 70s. We’ll see a few peaks of sunshine on Thursday, but skies remain mostly cloudy. A light south breeze will continue to pump humid air in from the Gulf.

Showers increase by Friday afternoon, as a weak cold front approaches from the northwest. Highs will reach 70 on Friday, then dropping into the upper 40s to near 50 Friday night as cooler air temporarily takes over. Look for a few showers through Saturday as well, with a high in the low 60s along and north of I-20, with upper 60s to near 70 to the south. I don’t expect a big rain this weekend, but don’t be surprised if you see a few passing rain showers. Rain amounts will be light and spotty.

Monday, we’ll warm well into the upper 70s, under a mostly cloudy sky. Look for a small chance of a stray shower, but many areas will remain dry.

Join us live on WVUA23 weekdays at 5, 6 and 10:00 P.M. and weekends at 10PM for the very latest on your news, weather and sports.

Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
Twitter: RichardWVUA23
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