Labor Day weekend looks to be unsettled as rain chances increase throughout today and tonight.
A southerly flow has developed across Alabama and this will help increase moisture over the state.
Scattered showers will be around this morning, with showers and thunderstorms increasing this afternoon and into the evening.
The highest chances of rain will be over western and northwestern sections of the state.
A strong storm cannot be ruled out today. Gusty winds in the 40-50 mph range, locally heavy rainfall and frequent lightning will accompany the stronger storms.
With the dry conditions in place over Alabama, flooding is not expected to be an issue.
While some areas receive some beneficial rains, the scattered nature of this system will leave some areas with little if any rainfall totals.
A return to warmer and generally drier weather is forecast for Labor Day Monday.
High pressure is expected to remain in control of the weather across Alabama for one more day today.
We expect to see a decent amount of sunshine and hot temperatures into the mid 90’s in many locations.
Most of Alabama is expected to remain dry through this afternoon. There will be a few showers and storms possible over the southern third of the state this afternoon. The best chances of activity will be towards the coastal areas of Mobile and Baldwin counties.
We will be watching a series of short waves in the southern stream move northward tonight, that could produce some scattered activity over the rest of the state.
Showers and thunderstorms will become likely for Saturday and into Sunday, as several upper level disturbances are expected to rotate northeastward through the region.
There are indications that drier conditions could move into the state on Monday. However this could change depending on the future timing of the systems moving through the area. We would still expect to see some scattered storms develop in the heat of the day.
High pressure remains in place over the southeastern U.S. this morning, helping to continue generally dry conditions.
It looks like we will squeeze out one…may two…dry days before tropical moisture starts to stream into the area from the Gulf.
Afternoon highs will be back into the 90′s again this afternoon, and the humidity will begin to climb up a bit over Alabama.
The Code Orange Air Quality Alert remains in effect today for Jefferson and Shelby counties due to high ozone levels over the region.
We are still looking at rain chances increasing over the state as weather systems come together over the weekend.
The most likely chance of seeing widespread showers and thunderstorms will come on Saturday into Saturday night. However the chances of seeing a good deal of storms around will continue on Sunday and Monday as well.
With the dry conditions over the state, the rain will be welcome by many…even though it may threaten Labor Day weekend activities.
The weekend won’t be a ‘washout’…we do expect some areas to get more rain than others. It’s entirely possible that some areas won’t receive much beneficial rainfall while other locations may receive upwards of two inches.
We will have a couple more days of dry weather across Alabama as high pressure maintains control over most of the southeastern U.S.
Mostly sunny skies and hot temperatures will rule the weather over the state today.
Afternoon highs will reach into the 90′s over the area, as the late August sun reminds us that it’s still summer.
Air Quality Alert… A Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued today for Jefferson and Shelby counties due to high ozone levels over the region.
By the end of the week, and especially over the weekend, the moisture levels will increase to the point where scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms will come back into the forecast.
Also helping to set off the rain over the weekend, will be a shortwave trough moving across the middle of the country and into the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys…and disturbances moving in from the Gulf into Alabama. It looks like the best chances of widespread rain will come on Saturday and Saturday night.