Hot and Humid Days Ahead

High pressure continues to dominate the weather across much of the southern half of the nation, giving hot temperatures all the way from California to the Carolinas. Things will begin to change as we head into the weekend, but the change will be gradual.

FOR OUR THURSDAY: Mainly sunny conditions for us all, and after starting the day in the 60s and 70s, we should all see afternoon highs in the mid-90s. No threat of rain today, but we will continue to see our moisture levels on the rise, and that means higher humidity values as well.

LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND: By Friday, a trough of low pressure in the upper atmosphere will begin to develop across the eastern United States. This will allow a cold front to sag towards Alabama. A few widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will show up by Friday afternoon, mainly over North Alabama, and we will have to mention the chance of a few isolated showers and storms through Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 90s and lows will be trending toward the middle 70s as moisture levels rise, making it feel more humid. Factor in the hot temperatures and higher humidity levels, and we will likely see heat index values over 100°, and approaching the heat advisory criteria of 105° for the weekend.

EARLY NEXT WEEK: Indications are a deeper trough will be carved over Alabama and the Deep South by next Monday and this will allow a frontal system to slowly work its way through the state Monday and Tuesday. With the high losing its grip on us, we are going to see better rain chances, and that should allow temperatures to settle back down into the lower 90s during the afternoons.

Have yourself a terrific Thursday!

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