Sunny and Much Warmer Weather Ahead

CLEARING SKY: The frontal boundary continues to slide south through the state, and behind it, drier air is sliding in thanks to an area of high pressure. This high pressure will be the main feature impacting our weather the rest of the weekend and into much of next week. The clouds from this morning, have given way to more sunshine. With the sunshine, temperatures have been able to climb into the upper 70s to mid 80s for most locations this afternoon.

CLEAR AND NICE NIGHT: The sky will clear tonight and with the drier air, we are in store for a very nice night. Temperatures will settle down into the mid and upper 50s for most of Central Alabama.

MIDNIGHT SKY SHOW: Tonight, the full Moon gets together with Mars and Saturn to form a bright triangle in the constellation Scorpius. The beautiful midnight encounter is visible around the world, and happens just one week before Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in more than a decade.

SUNNY SUNDAY: A very nice day tomorrow, with ample sunshine and nice temperatures. After starting the day in the upper 50s and lower 60s, we will see lower 80s. Humidity levels will remain low and overall it will be very comfortable day of weather.

THE WEEK AHEAD: The main weather story as we head into the final full week of May will be the summer-like weather we will be experiencing. Temperatures will be warming and many spots will see 90s for the first time this year. Monday through Thursday, an upper ridge to the west today will move over the eastern U.S. setting up a pattern for some rather warm days as highs climb toward the 90-degree mark. I think we stay dry until Wednesday, but moisture levels will be increasing and that means higher humidity levels as well. Thursday we will begin to see the potential for those afternoon and evening showers and storms that are driven by daytime heating. Most of us will stay dry, but there will be the widely scattered showers and storms. While we see an upper level ridge as the primary feature in the pattern for the eastern half of the country, a deep trough will be the primary feature over the western U.S. This keeps the biggest threat for organized severe storms west of the state in the Central Plains through much of the upcoming week with a surface low in Kansas Friday and Saturday. With the strong ridge holding and a strong short wave ejecting out across Kansas and Nebraska on Saturday, we should stay warm with thunderstorms becoming a little more numerous but still mainly scattered.

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