Here Comes the Heat

A weak cold front pushed through the state yesterday. In its wake, we are seeing drier air, on the back of northwesterly flow settle into the state. An area of high pressure is currently sitting over the Lower Mississippi River Valley and is responsible for our great weather today. As we head into the work week, the high slides to the east, and a ridge builds in in the upper levels as well, increasing our thickness heights. This will allow for a warming trend across the state, and this will be the warmest week so far in 2016. Many spots will be in those nasty 90s this week, which to me makes me think of the “H” word…HOT. Elsewhere across the USA, a trough will be in place across the West and is where the more active weather this week will occur. The main threat of severe weather will stay out over the Plains.

MONDAY/TUESDAY: These two days will feature plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures, with fair and calm nights. Monday will once again start off in the upper 50s for South/Central Alabama, but we should all be in the upper 80s by the afternoon. For Tuesday, expect a near repeat, but add a few degrees to those temperatures, mid 0s for lows, upper 80s to near 90 degrees for highs. No threat of rain these two days.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY: The rain chances have decrease for the second half of the week. For us in Alabama, by midweek dew points rise back into the 60s so a little bit of the humidity along with the heat. These dew points will also fuel what widely isolated afternoon and evening storms that may develop. Highs each day will be in the lower 90s, overnight lows will be in the mid and upper 60s as well. Each day there will be a chance for those diurnally driven showers and storms, but these will be few and far between, and most locations will stay dry each day. For the most part, a very summer-like pattern for Alabama.

WEEKEND SNEAK PEEK: The warm and muggy weather looks to continue into the weekend. Highs should be in the upper 80s and rain chances look to be slightly better for the weekend as upper-level support arrives. It still appears most of the convective activity will remain scattered in nature. Each day will feature a mix of sun and clouds.

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