Latest Weather Xtreme Video: Rain Chances Increasing Over The Weekend

| May 19, 2017 @ 3:24 pm

RADAR CHECK: So far we don’t have much action on radar this afternoon across Alabama… just a few widely scattered showers across a few western counties. Temperatures are in the 87 to 90 degree range with a mix of sun and clouds.

THE WEEKEND: The upper ridge across the Deep South will slowly weaken, and moisture levels will rise. Accordingly, we expect increasing shower and thunderstorm activity. Tomorrow the morning should be generally rain-free, but showers and storms will form quickly during the afternoon and evening hours in the moist, unstable environment. A few strong storms are possible tomorrow afternoon, but organized severe weather is not expected. The high tomorrow will be in the mid 80s.

For Sunday we will forecast occasional showers and thunderstorms with a high close to 80 degrees under a mostly cloudy sky. It won’t rain day, but periods of rain are likely with some thunder. We do note the high resolution NAM model hints at an organized band of storms early Sunday morning, followed by a nice lull in the rain for much of the daytime hours. But, this is an outlier and not being considered in the forecast.

I know there are many outdoor events going on this weekend; in this pattern it is simply impossible to give start/stop times of the rain for a specific point; just be ready for an occasional shower or thunderstorm.

On the positive side, rain amounts of 1-2 inches are likely by Sunday night.

NEXT WEEK: We will forecast a clearing sky Monday with lower humidity; the high will be in the upper 70s. Another cold front passes through Tuesday night with a chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm, then we will have a very cool May day Wednesday with temperatures having a hard time getting out of the 60s along with lingering clouds and some light rain at times. The record low maximum temperature for May 24 is 74 degrees set in 2000… that record will be in danger.

Then, record low temperatures are possible both Thursday and Friday morning of next week with 40s likely for most places. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

REGIONS TRADITION: The Regions Tradition continues through Sunday at the Greystone Golf and Country Club and tickets remain on sale. Fans and golfers will have to dodge a few showers and storms tomorrow afternoon and Sunday, but they should get the rounds in. Come see some of the world’s greatest golfers such as Bernhard Langer, John Daly, Freddie Couples and many more right in our own backyard. Tickets start at only $20. Also, children 18 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult!

SEC BASEBALL: The SEC Baseball Tournament returns to the Hoover Met, May 23-28. Come see some of the best college players in the country as they compete for the championship. Also, for the first time ever, you can take advantage of the Hoover Metropolitan Complex which will feature a free, indoor Fan Fest – ferris wheel, sports bar and much more! Tickets start at only $9! For now it looks like some light rain Wednesday, otherwise the weather looks good with temperatures below average.

HANGOUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: A few passing showers and storms are possible at Gulf Shores tomorrow and Sunday, but the sun will be out at times, and they will get the concerts in… just be ready for a lightning delay or two over the weekend. Click here to see the Beach Forecast Center page. Save Up To 25% on Spring Break Beach Vacations on the Alabama Gulf Coast with Brett/Robinson! The Beach Forecast is partially underwritten by the support of Brett/Robinson Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Click here to see Brett/Robinson’s best beach offers now!

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Look for my next Weather Xtreme video here Monday morning by 7:00… Brian Peters will have the video updates tomorrow and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend!

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