It once again feels and looks nothing like the middle of July for the state of Alabama. We are once again seeing clouds, showers, and unseasonably cool temps. Even at this point in the day, temperatures are struggling to climb out of the 70s. I am certainly not complaining, but it definitely is not our typical summer weather.
Heading through the rest of today, we will continue to see elevated rain chances, and the cloud will be hanging tough, but we will see some breaks in the clouds that will allow some sun to shine through. Where we see more sun, the temps should make it into the lower to mid-80s, where there is no sun, I would not be surprised to see some locations stay in the 70s.
We continue to watch a front that is moving across the Southeast, and it should be clearing most of the area later today. This will allow our rain chances to decrease some, and we will see our temperatures on the increase as we head into the new work week.
It has been a mostly sunny for much of the state today, but as the surface heats up, we are beginning to see those puffy-white, cumulus clouds bubble up across the state. We are seeing some ridging in place and that is limiting a lot of the upward vertical motion over the state, which will keep our rain chances very low for today. Through the rest of the afternoon, we will continue to see clouds on the increase, but once the sun sets, the sky should return to mostly clear conditions.
It is turning out to be a rather hot day for most of the state. Temps have already warmed into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Over the next few hours, our temps will continue to warm and most locations will see highs this afternoon into the lower and mid-90s. There are a few very small showers developing across the state, but these are few and far between, and most of us will stay dry today. We can expect very similar weather as we head into our Sunday as well.
Once again, it is hard to believe we are in July, when the temps this morning were more like early October. It was quite the cool and refreshing morning as 50s made it down to the Interstate 20 corridor with Birmingham reaching 58, while Tuscaloosa reached 60, and Anniston 61. Elsewhere across the northern portions of the state, Huntsville was 57, Muscle Shoals 56, Cullman 53, and Gadsden 59. Hope you had the chance to enjoy these temps, because it probably will be late September to early October before we see these type of temps again.
For the rest of today, we are going to continue to see mostly sunny conditions with only a few clouds tracking across the state from east to west. We will all stay dry once again, and temps will continue to warm as most locations will see upper 80s for afternoon highs, with perhaps a few 90s creeping into our southern counties. Humidity levels will remain below seasonal norms for a few more days, but it won’t be too long before the humidity levels return.
Central Alabama saw round one of the rain earlier today. This evening, we are watching for the chance of round two. A cluster of showers and storms is lifting north across Mississippi and West Alabama. At this time, they are affecting portions of Greene, Sumter, Marengo, and Wilcox counties.
None of these storms are severe currently, but they could certainly pack a punch. They are producing gusty winds, very heavy rainfall, lots of lightning, and some small hail will be possible. These storms will continue to track towards the north over the next few hours, and could certainly impact Tuscaloosa, and perhaps Birmingham later this evening. These storms, once the sun sets, should begin to slowly wind down.
Depending where you are in the state, determines the type of weather you are experiencing. We continue to see a few isolated showers on the radar this afternoon and many of us are see more clouds than sun. There are showers impacting Central Alabama this afternoon, but most of the heavier activity is affecting northeastern portions of the state. Today’s activity is moving from southwest to northeast. Where the showers and extra clouds are, we are seeing cooler temps and many locations are hanging in the lower 80s today. Not to bad for the last weekend of June.
Another day, another round of showers and storms. The warm and very warm air mass is providing ample fuel for the scattered to numerous storms we see each day.
We do have some storms approaching some of our western counties and these storms will be impacting portions of Lamar, Pickens, and Sumter Counties. They will continue to move towards the east and will be affecting many areas of Central Alabama. At this time, none of these storms are severe, but they are producing some gusty winds, frequent lightning, perhaps some small hail, and very heavy rainfall.
Elsewhere, we are beginning to see additional showers develop over portions of Marion and Winston counties as well. It certainly looks like it is going to be a wet and stormy afternoon across much of Central Alabama.
Some storms have developed across Central Alabama today. One storm is affecting northern and western portions of the Birmingham Metro. Elsewhere, other showers and storms are impacting parts of Cleburne, Cherokee, Tuscaloosa, Marengo, Perry, and Clay counties. None of the storms are severe, but are producing some heavy rainfall, as well as lightning and thunder. They are ever so slowly moving towards the west-northwest.
These storms will continue to next few hours, and of course we will see additional development through the afternoon hours. This activity will begin to wind down after the sun sets this evening. Most areas will remain dry today.
Not a bad looking Saturday across the region. Most areas are seeing a mix of sun and clouds and most locations are actually seeing mostly sunny conditions. There were some areas of fog over our southern counties this morning, but that has since mixed out. As the temps have continued to climb, we started seeing see some of those cumulus clouds bubbling up across the Alabama landscape.
With many areas seeing more sun than clouds, that is allowing temps to warm up nicely this afternoon and most locations are into 80s. We will continue to see these reading climb the next couple of hours before the majority of us reach the mid to upper 80s for afternoon highs. We could see a few areas get some heat relief in the form of a passing afternoon shower or storm, but for the most part, most locations will remain dry today.