Temps are well into the 90s again today and we are looking for them to continue to climb the next several hours. Most locations should see highs this afternoon in the upper 90s. When the dew points, that are in the 70s, are factored in with the temperatures, there are very dangerous heat index values this afternoon. For this reason, a Heat Advisory remains in effect for much of the area through 9 PM tonight. Heat index values are over 100F and in some locations over 105F.
There are a few showers and storms across the Tennessee Valley, and these are moving towards the south and could get into central portions of the state later today. Most locations will stay dry today and will continue to bake under the very hot August sun. For tonight, temps will slowly cool back off, but only into the mid and upper 70s. It will be balmy and very humid.
It is another hot, dry, and mostly sunny day across the state of Alabama, and much of the Southeast. We are all basking under a sun-filled and blue sky, with just a few fair weather cumulus clouds showing up out there. No rain falling anywhere across the state, and heading through the rest of today and into tonight, the clear and dry weather will continue. We still see our dew points in the lower 60s, which is not making it quite as uncomfortable as it can be this time of year.
With the drier air hanging around for one more day, we have all seen a quick warm-up in our temperatures today. All locations across the state are either in the upper 80s or lower 90s. It is a hot afternoon out there, but once the sun sets this evening, we should begin to see those temps drop back through the 80s and head towards the lower 70s. The weather will be a nice for any outdoor plans you may have this evening or tonight.
Strong, and currently non-severe storms are impacting many locations across Central Alabama. Storms are producing very heavy, but beneficial rain, gusty winds, and lots of lightning. Main complex of storms is along the Interstate 20 corridor and we continue to see the bulk of the activity pushing off towards the southeast. The showers and storms will persist through the afternoon and into the evening hours before slowly winding down later tonight.
As expected today, we are seeing showers and storms across Alabama, and at this time, additional storms are developing throughout the state. The very warm and moist air mass in place across the state is providing ample fuel for today’s convection. Through the rest of the afternoon, we will be seeing numerous showers and storms develop and impact Central Alabama.
Though no storms are currently severe, some are packing a punch. Expect heavy rain, a lot of lightning, gusty winds, and very loud thunder. We are watching these storms today as some will be strong, and there is a possibility of an isolated severe cell. The storms today are being driven by northwest flow, and that means the convection today is generally moving from northwest to southeast.
As expected today, the radar has gotten active once the atmosphere over the state warmed up. This very warm and moist air mass in place can support scattered to numerous showers and storms in certain areas. As of now, the majority of the activity has been to the west of Interstate 65. There are some locations seeing some heavier rain, and there could even be a few rumbles of thunder at times.
Today’s activity is not moving rapidly, and the general motion is off towards the southeast. If you are lucky enough to see the rain today, it should not last too long, no more than an hour.
Throughout the afternoon, we will continue to see this activity persist, however, not everyone will see the rain today. Many locations continue to see a mix of sun and clouds, and it continues to be rather muggy. Highs this afternoon are ranging from the mid to upper 80s.
Tropical Storm Bertha continues to move rapidly across the northeastern Caribbean today. Bertha remains rather unorganized, but still has sustained winds of 50 mph. Over the next 24-48 hours, Bertha could intensify some, and she will begin to take a more northerly turn. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be impacting Puerto Rico, the Virgina Islands, and the Dominican Republic today through tonight as Bertha passes nearby.
Here are the latest specifics on Berta.
…CENTER OF BERTHA PASSING JUST SOUTH OF PUERTO RICO…
…TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE DOMINICAN
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION
ABOUT 90 MI…150 KM SSW OF SAN JUAN PUERTO RICO
ABOUT 230 MI…370 KM ESE OF SANTO DOMINGO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 22 MPH…35 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1008 MB…29.77 INCHES
Now the important question, where is Bertha heading? As she begins to take a more northerly turn, she will affect the Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as the southeastern Bahamas. Bertha will then begin to take the northeasterly turn and accelerate. She should stay west of Bermuda, and well to the east of the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. mainland. Bertha should remain a tropical storm, but there is a chance for her to reach hurricane strength briefly over the open waters of the Atlantic.
It is certainly feeling like July this weekend across the state. The entire state is basking under a sunny sky as a ridge has built in across the region. There are a few fair weather clouds out there, but no showers or storms are showing up anywhere across the state. It is a terrific Saturday, it is just hot and humid, but that is what we expect during the middle of summer.
Under the sunny sky, our temps are hot this afternoon, as most locations are into the upper 80s and lower 90s. Over the next few hours, those temps will continue to increase, and most spots will see high ranging from 91-95 this afternoon. That is right at or just above seasonal averages for this time of year. For your Sunday, we can expect a near repeat of today, but temps could be a degree or two warmer. Don’t worry though, big changes are ahead, as a cold front will be arriving Monday.
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.