Sun, Heat, Storms

| July 4, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

**No afternoon Weather Xtreme video; we are on a holiday schedule… back to “two a days” tomorrow**

HAPPY FOURTH! On this Independence Day, we have your classic summer mix of sun, heat, humidity, and thunderstorms. Scattered storms this afternoon are moving westward, on the bottom of a strong upper high to the north. This “backwards” storm motion is pretty common in Alabama during the summer months, when the mid-latitude westerlies shift well to the north…

Heavier storms will produce gusty winds, heavy rain, and very frequent lightning. Scattered showers and storms will fade away tonight; most of them should be over by fireworks time at most venues.

TOMORROW/FRIDAY: Not much change tomorrow; lots of morning sunshine, a few scattered afternoon storms, and a high close to 90. Scattered showers and storms should increase in number Friday afternoon and Friday night ahead of a surface front approaching from the north.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The weather will be a bit unsettled as the front stalls out near the Alabama/Tennessee state line. The sky will be cloudy at times Saturday and Sunday with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Highs over the weekend will be in the 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The surface front will dissipate Monday, and we project standard summer weather for much of the week. Hot, humid, a few afternoon storms around. We are seeing evidence the upper high could strengthen over the latter of the week with rising heat levels and fewer showers.

TROPICS: A disturbance in the Central Atlantic has some chance of slow development in coming days, but if anything happens to form there it will not impact the U.S.

Another wave in the eastern Atlantic has only a low chance of development due to dry air and cool water.

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