Hot/Dry Weather Ahead For Alabama

| May 21, 2019 @ 5:52 am

HERE COMES THE HEAT: A strong upper ridge will build across the Deep South in coming days, and will set the stage for the hottest weather so far this year for Alabama. The system that produced severe thunderstorms and flooding over the Southern Plains last night will pass well to the north.

We expect mostly sunny days and fair nights through Friday. The high today will be close to 90, followed by low 90s tomorrow and Thursday. Many places will see mid 90s Friday as the heat continues to build.

Strong subsidence (sinking air) under the ridge will keep most of the state dry, although we might see an isolated shower tomorrow afternoon over Northwest Alabama. For now the risk is too small to mention in the forecast.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: Not much change; basically hot and dry Saturday through Monday. Sunny days, fair nights, highs in the 93-97 degree range. Not far from record levels for late May.

NEXT WEEK: Hot, dry weather continues Tuesday and Wednesday, but the ridge weakens late in the week, opening the door for showers by Thursday or Friday. Highs will be close to 90 toward the end of the week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

SUB-TROPICAL STORM FORMS: It won’t stick around long, but the first named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is here. Sub-tropical storm Andrea is a 40 mph storm between the Bahamas and Bermuda but should dissipate by tomorrow. No threat to the U.S. The hurricane season in the Atlantic basin “officially” begins June 1.

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: Golfers participating in a golf tournament at the Majestic Golf Course in Hartland, Michigan received an urgent message while on their carts. The message, relayed from the clubhouse, was that a tornado was bearing down on the course. Most of the golfers made it to safety in the clubhouse, although some had to take shelter on the course. Only one golfer suffered a minor injury. The F2 tornado damaged 70 cars in the parking lot along with numerous golf carts and a pontoon boat.

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