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Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Monday Morning, July 25, 2016
Forecaster: Scott Martin

Another summer day in the books here in Central Alabama, where some folks were pleased with some heat relief with an afternoon shower, others were disappointed with not a drop at all. Sunday was a good day, but I was one of the disappointed ones without rain. Showers and storms pretty much surrounded my community on all sides on Sunday afternoon, but every time one moved in my direction, it dissipated before it got here. So out stretched the garden hose across the backyard to water my struggling garden. Let’s hope for some rain in today’s weather.

MONDAY: Looks like another typical late July day here in Central Alabama. Partly to mostly sunny skies across the area with the risk of scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 90s, with the heat index in the upper 90s. Best chance of rain will be from 12PM to 9PM. Odds of any one spot getting rain will be around 1 in 3.

CODE GREEN AIR QUALITY: The Air Quality Index for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area will be in the “Code Green” for ozone. No actions needed for today.

TODAY’S CLIMATOLOGY FOR BIRMINGHAM: The normal high for July 25th is 91, while the normal low is 70. The record high for today was set back in 1952 at 106. The record low was set back in 1911 at 60.

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TUESDAY – THURSDAY: With Alabama being located in the middle of two ridging centers, and being closer to the western periphery of the eastern ridge, a southernly wind will keep dew points in the low 70s. Skies will be partly cloudy on both days with a risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially from the late morning to the 10PM hour each day. Afternoon highs will be in the low to mid 90s with the heat index close to 100 on each day. Odds of any one spot getting rain will be around 1 in 3.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY: An upper trough swings to the east in the westerlies as a deep moisture pool associated with an upper low starts to make its way eastward. Looks like the risk of rain will start to increase as we head into the weekend. Skies will be mostly cloudy, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible at anytime throughout each day. Afternoon highs will be in the low 90s, with heat index levels at or near 100 as dew point levels will still be in the low 70s. Odds for any one spot receiving rain each day will be near 50/50.

HEADED TO THE BEACH: Today through Wednesday on the Gulf Coast from Ft. Morgan over to Panama City will have the better chances of showers and thunderstorms. Expect a mix of sun and clouds otherwise. Thursday through the weekend looks like it will be back to the typical beach forecast. Mostly sunny skies with a risk of a passing shower or thunderstorm each day. Highs on the beaches will be from 87-91, with low to mid 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

THE TROPICS: A strong tropical wave is poised to move off the African Coast in the next 24 hours. There are some indications that the system will eventually become a tropical cyclone over the next seven days. There are indications that the tropical Atlantic will be heating up in the coming weeks with a situation setting up that may favor storms traveling up the East Coast. We will be watching.

ON THIS DAY IN 1956: Off the coast of Massachusetts, near Nantucket Lightship, the Swedish-American liner called the Stockholm, rammed the Andrea Doria in dense fog. 52 people perished in the accident.

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