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Rare July “Cold” Front On The Way

| July 22, 2019 @ 6:03 am

SIGNIFICANT WEATHER CHANGES THIS WEEK: A blanket of moist air remains parked over Alabama today, and the radar is quiet this morning. Showers and storms will develop later today in scattered spots during the peak of the daytime heating process. We project a high today between 87 and 90 degrees for most communities.

Then, as a rare July front approaches, we will maintain a good chance of showers and storms tonight over the northern half of the state. SPC has defined a “marginal risk” of severe storms for the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama tonight; a few storms there could produce strong, gusty winds as they pass through.

TOMORROW: Showers and storms will linger during the morning, then by afternoon the best chance of showers and storms will shift down into the southern half of Alabama as the surface front continues the southward journey. The high tomorrow will be only in the low 80s due to clouds and showers.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Unusually dry for for mid-summer will cover Alabama, setting the stage for delightful weather Thursday and Friday. Sunny days, lower humidity, and cooler nights. Highs in the 80s, and lows mostly in the 60s. Some of the cooler valleys could see upper 50s early Wednesday and Thursday morning for a nice preview of fall. Moist air begins to return to South Alabama Friday and we will mention a chance of showers there, but the northern half of the state should remain dry. Friday’s high will be in the upper 80s for most places.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The “muggies” come back, and the pattern flips back to a typical summer situation. Partly sunny days with “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” Saturday and Sunday with highs between 87 and 90 degrees. The dry air won’t stay here long, as you might expect. Chance of any one spot seeing rain both days is around 30 percent.

NEXT WEEK: Routine summer weather will continue for much of the week. Partly sunny days, highs in the low 90s, and the usual round of random, scattered showers and storms daily. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: Invest 94L is around the Bahamas this morning; NHC gives it a 20 decent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm within 48 hours. Odds of development are low due to strong winds aloft associated with the same pattern that is brining the front into Alabama this week. No impact to the Gulf of Mexico, and if by chance anything develops there it will head northeast, out to sea.

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