COOL CHANGE: The long awaited change to cooler weather begins across Alabama today, thanks to a cold front that is passing through early this morning. We project a high today in the 81 to 85 degree range, so you won’t need a jacket or sweater for sure, but it will sure be better than the upper 90s we saw this past weekend.
We will still need to mention the risk of a few isolated showers this afternoon, mainly for areas east and south of Birmingham, but rain amounts, if any, will be light and spotty. Unfortunately prospects for beneficial rain look very small through the next ten days, and remember October is our driest month of the year (based on climatology). Here are rain deficiencies for the year for some Alabama cities…
TOMORROW: We begin the day with temperatures in the refreshing 50s… the sky will be mostly sunny, and the afternoon high will be in the low to mid 80s.
EVEN COOLER THURSDAY/FRIDAY: A secondary push of cool air arrives. Highs drop into the mid 70s on these two days despite sunshine in full supply. Coolest morning will come early Friday with low 50s likely; many North Alabama communities will dip into the 40s for the first time this fall season. Cool weather fans will love it.
THE WEEKEND: Fine fall weather continues with sunny pleasant days and clear cool nights. Highs 75-79, lows mostly in the 50s.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Looking fantastic for Friday night’s high school games; a clear sky with temperatures falling through the 60s during the games (remember, they were falling through the 80s this past Friday night). Some stadiums will see 50s by the fourth quarter.
Alabama will host Kentucky Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 73 at kickoff, into the mid 60s by the fourth quarter.
Auburn hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday at Jordan Hare Stadium (2:30p CT kickoff)… expect a sunny sky with a kickoff temperature of 76 degrees…falling into the upper 60s by the final whistle.
NEXT WEEK: Not much change. Little if any chance of rain through the week with highs around 80, and lows around 60. A good supply of sun each day. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
AT THE BEACH: Just a few widely scattered storms around today, otherwise mostly sunny days and fair nights through the weekend from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach. Highs in the 80s; See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here..
TROPICS: “Invest 97L” is the one to watch; it is in the Atlantic, and will approach the Windward Islands tonight. A high chance this becomes Tropical Storm Matthew in coming days as it moves through the Caribbean. Just about all models suggest “Matthew” will make a hard right turn in the Caribbean, then moving northward through the channel between Cuba and Haiti; if this turn happens it won’t be a Gulf of Mexico problem. It remains to be seen if this will threaten the U.S. East Coast… way too early to anyone to know.
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I have weather programs today at Coldwater Elementary School in Calhoun County, and at St. Martins Retirement Community in Birmingham. Look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!
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