The weak cold front that moved into Alabama on Thursday didn’t bring a lot of rain. The front did advance an area of much drier air into much of Alabama.
The dry air is very noticeable this morning across the north and central locations with dewpoints running in the low and mid 60’s.
The weather will be sunny all through the weekend with temperatures only a few degrees cooler than we’ve been experiencing.
This drier air will remain in place for the next couple of days as several weak disturbances slide through the southeast.
We will remain cutoff from the moisture for the most part as the main front remains along the Gulf Coast.
The exception to the dry air and low humidity will be along our southern most locations in south and southeast Alabama. These areas won’t see much relief from the humidity and can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms.
A return to higher heat levels across the area will return on Sunday and Monday into next week. We expect to remain in the drier airmass, so heat index values should remain below advisory criteria.
The better rain chances begin to work in on Wednesday…and continue through the end of next week.
A weak cold front will move into north Alabama today…however for this time of year…it will only provide a few degrees relief from the heat and reduce the humidity levels.
The front will be a focus for shower and thunderstorm development today. The best chances look to line up along the I-20 corridor and points south.
Today will be another hot day, with little relief from the heat and humidity. Look for temperatures reaching into the 90’s again, with scattered thunderstorms developing especially in central and southern sections of the state this afternoon.
We will see some differences tomorrow across the northern two-thirds of the state. Temperatures will be a few degrees lower along with the humidity backing off a bit.
With the drier air moving into the region behind the front, we don’t expect to see scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoons.
The southern parts of the state may get stuck with the heat and humidity, as the front may stall out near the or along the I-85 corridor. If this happens, the heat and humidity along with daily scattered storms may continue for those folks.
The rest of Alabama looks dry through the upcoming weekend.
Very high moisture levels are expected to remain in place over the region through Thursday.
The combination of daytime heating and humidity will produce heat index levels over 105 in many locations across the state.
We will be watching for development of showers and thunderstorms along several upper level disturbances near the area today.
A front will drop down Thursday into north Alabama and lead to the development of more scattered to numerous storms across the state.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed Alabama in a marginal risk for severe weather through the day today. This risk will continue into Thursday for areas of the state as well.
The stronger storms will produce strong to perhaps damaging wind gusts, torrential rain, and frequent cloud to ground lightning strikes.
Hot and humid conditions prevail over Alabama and the southeast, as typical mid-summer conditions continue over the southeast.
We expect temperatures in the mid and upper 90’s again this afternoon. The heat index will be over 100 in almost all locations.
There will be some scattered showers and thunderstorms in the heat of the day again today. As in recent days, they will be pretty scattered with most locations remaining dry.
Better chances of more widespread showers and storms associated with a front are expected by Wednesday into Thursday.
The increase in clouds and showers will also help to hold the temperatures back for a few days.
We may see some drier air move into the northern parts of the state by Friday and into the weekend…with the front stalling out across the southern part of the state.