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Hot With Some Storms Today, Heat Levels Rise To Start Next Week

| August 10, 2019 @ 8:01 am

HEAT ADVISORY remains in effect through Sunday night at 9:00 pm for these counties in Central Alabama: Autauga, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Chilton, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa.

Moisture levels will remain rather high across Central Alabama today as precipitable water values will be near two inches. Couple that with an impulse that will be moving into the area from the northwest and some drier air in the mid-levels will work in from the north, we’ll have a zone of higher rain chances set up over the western parts of the area, mainly west of the I-22 and I-65 corridors. We’ll have scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms across the area, most of which will occur during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of that activity will die off around 10:00 pm tonight. Highs will reach the lower to mid-90s across the area. Rain chances will be in the 40%-70% range from northeast to southwest.

Ridging moves a little closer to Central Alabama on Sunday which will bring a shift in winds to more out of the north. While the mid-levels will be drier, the lower levels of the atmosphere will stay mighty moist across the area, especially in the southern parts. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy with afternoon highs in the lower to mid-90s. Heat index values will approach and perhaps exceed 105 degrees along and south of the I-20 corridor. There will not be much help in the rainfall department to help cool us down as there is only a very small chance of an isolated afternoon shower or storm.

The ridge flattens out which will crank those afternoon temperatures up, climbing into the mid to upper 90s for Monday and Tuesday. With dewpoints expected to be in the mid-70s on both days, we could approach or exceed criteria for excessive heat warnings with heat index values near 110 degrees. Not very much help from rainfall as only a few isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms are possible on each day. NWS Birmingham may issue an excessive heat watch as early as Sunday to go into effect for Monday and Tuesday.

Troughing will take over the eastern parts of the US for Wednesday and Thursday, and we may have the bottom end of a cold front pass through Central Alabama. We’ll see some relief from the higher heat levels but highs will remain in the lower 90s. Precipitable water values will be approaching the two-inch mark. Wednesday will feature the highest chance of scattered to numerous showers and storms (50%-60%), while those chances drop some for Thursday (20%-60% from northwest to southeast). Some gusty winds may be possible with a few of these storms, but there is no threat of organized severe weather at this point.

Friday’s weather will not be much different than Thursday as scattered showers and thunderstorms remain possible across the area mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Rain chances will remain in the 20%-60% from northwest to southeast and afternoon highs will be in the lower 90s.

The tropics are all quiet at this point and no new tropical systems are expected to form within the next five days.

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Scott Martin is a meteorologist, graphic artist, musician, husband, and a father. Scott is a member of the National Weather Association and the Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association. Scott is also the co-founder of Racecast Weather, which provides accurate forecasts for many racing series across the USA.

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