Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast
Saturday Morning, September 24, 2016
Forecaster: Scott Martin
READY FOR FALL IN CENTRAL ALABAMA?:
The good news is that this will be the last weekend that we’ll have to put up with above 90 degree temperatures. The bad news is that summertime will have its final grasp on us with above average temperature and no rain for heat relief. Your Saturday will be mostly sunny and hot, with any afternoon showers that pop up being very hard to find. Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 90s, with a few spots reaching the upper 90s.
CODE YELLOW AIR QUALITY ALERT:
Ozone and Particulate Matter 2.5 level will be high enough to raise the “Code Yellow” Air Quality Alert for the Birmingham metropolitan area today. Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor exertion.
NORMS AND RECS FOR TODAY IN BIRMINGHAM:
The normal high for September 24th is 82, while the normal low is 60. The record high for today was set back in 1931 at 99. The record low was set back in 1999 at 41.
Alabama hosts Kent State at Bryant-Denny Stadium tomorrow morning (11:00a CT kickoff)… the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures rising from near 88 at kickoff, to 94 degrees by the final whistle. It will be very, very hot in the east stands where the sun will be out in full force (the west side will be more shaded).
Auburn will host LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium tomorrow evening (5:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures falling through the 80s.
NO CHANGE FOR SUNDAY:
The upper ridge will still be in control of our weather pattern, so that means mostly sunny skies and hot, with afternoon highs in the low to mid 90s. The chance for rain is so small that there is really no need in mentioning it in the forecast.
The big upper trough over the western states will beat the ridge down, and push a cold front in our direction. We will bring in the chance of showers Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning; unfortunately I don’t think this will be a widespread, or especially beneficial rain event as amounts should be under 1/4? for many places. Monday’s high will drop into the mid 80s, and on Tuesday the high will be close to 80 degrees. The sky will be occasionally cloudy on both days.
We expect beautiful early fall weather Wednesday through Friday as dry air settles in; sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. The coolest morning should come early Wednesday with low to mid 50s likely, with the cooler pockets across North Alabama could reach the upper 40s. Highs will be in the upper 70s to the low 80s.
HEADED TO THE BEACH:
About 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily on the coast from Gulf Shores to Panama City Beach through the weekend with only widely scattered storms. Highs in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.
Tropical Storm Karl will pass just east of Bermuda tonight, then moving northeast out to sea. TropicaL Storm Lisa is expected to dissipate this weekend in the eastern Atlantic far from land. A new wave just off the coast of Africa will have some potential for development in 3 to 5 days. Just something to watch for now.
ON THIS DAY IN 1987:
The first full day of autumn proved to be a pleasant one for much of the nation, with sunny skies and mild temperatures. Thunderstorms again formed over Florida and the southwestern deserts, and also formed along a cold front in the northeastern U.S. A storm spotter at Earp CA sighted a couple of funnel clouds, one on the California side of the state line, and the other on the Arizona side.
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