Storms Fewer In Number Today

| July 3, 2018 @ 5:54 am

ON THE MAPS: A weak upper is not far from New Orleans this morning; this feature brought an enhanced coverage of showers and storms to Alabama yesterday… but it is moving westward, and today should be drier statewide with only widely scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Otherwise, today will be partly to mostly sunny with a high in the low 90s.

FOURTH OF JULY: Sure looks like a very typical day for mid-summer tomorrow. Hot, humid, partly sunny, and random, scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms. The chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 30/40 percent range, and the high will be at or just over 90 degrees. The average high on July 4 at Birmingham is 90.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Not much change. Morning sun, a few scattered afternoon/evening storms; highs close to 90. No way of knowing in advance when and where the storms pop up; most of the storms form between 1:00 and 11:00 p.m.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Looks like the coverage of showers and storms Saturday will be higher as a weak surface front drifts down to near the Alabama/Tennessee border; the sky will be cloudy at times with a high in the 80s. The front will become stationary somewhere over North Alabama Sunday; we will maintain the chance of scattered storms over the southern 3/4 of the state with a high in the mid to upper 80s. Some chance drier air could drop down into the Tennessee Valley of far North Alabama Sunday with few showers up there.

NEXT WEEK: Some evidence the upper high will strengthen a bit, meaning a trend toward hotter afternoons and fewer afternoon storms. But, still, fairly routine weather for the middle of summer much of the week with high in the low 90s most days. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: All remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected across the Atlantic basin through the weekend.

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We are on a holiday schedule, so just one Weather Xtreme video today and tomorrow, but I will post fresh forecast notes here this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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