Hot Thursday, Better Rain Chances to End the Week
MORE OF THE SAME: It must be summertime in Alabama. More sun than clouds today, but like clockwork, we are going to see scattered showers and storms develop and last mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. We should see highs easily climb into the lower and mid 90s this afternoon, before the storms get going. Storms today, as we have seen the past few days, will produce a lot of lightning, intense rainfall, and gusty winds. Storms will gradually wind down as we head into the overnight hours with lows mainly in the mid-70s. There could be a few areas of patchy fog develop after midnight as well.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: A weak surface boundary will approach from the north, and the coverage of scattered showers and storms should be a little higher Friday and Saturday. Still, the overall idea remains the same, mixed sun and clouds, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, highs generally in the low 90s, then upper 90s in spots Sunday as rain chances decrease.
DEEPER INTO JULY: Rolling into next week, we are going to be watching the development of the ridge to our west. The global models are showing a heat wave to our west underneath the ridge. It still looks as though Alabama will be on the periphery of this ridge, which should spare us from the worst of the heat, but still I think we will see rising temperatures and fewer showers and storms due to warmer air aloft. We could certainly see a few spots see triple digit heat next week, but once again, the worst of the heat stays west of Alabama. Overall, we should see highs in the mid 90s each afternoon, with a few isolated storms possible each day, but once again it all depends on the placement and strength of the ridge.
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