Sunday Weather Xtreme: Warming Trend Ahead

| May 16, 2021 @ 7:00 am

The Alabama Weather Story is…normal. Normal temperatures will rule today and Monday, but things are going to become progressively warmer over the next two weeks. Not much rain is in store for Alabama.

FOR YOUR SUNDAY: We are getting off to a nice start this morning with fair skies and just a little patchy fog around bodies of water. Temperatures are in the 50s across the area. It will be a beautiful day, with high temperatures warming into the lower 80s, except for a few cooler stops, which will remain in the upper 70s. Lows tonight will be a few degrees warmer than those of this morning.

ON THE WEATHER MAPS: This morning, high pressure is large and in charge across the eastern United States. With centers near Charleston, WV, and Greenville, SC, fine May weather is in store for the eastern half of the nation today and in coming days. At the upper levels, a trough is off the East Coast, with weak ridging across the middle and eastern parts of the nation. A deep trough and upper-level low are located over the West Coast. The ridging will remain strong even as the upper low migrates southeastward toward Texas.

EASY FORECAST: Folks, this forecast is going to be an easy one. Expect partly cloudy skies and warm conditions through the entire week and into the weekend. The western trough will attempt to spread showers and storms eastward, but it appears that the high pressure will limit any precipitation that tries to move into Alabama. The lone exception will be Tuesday when a shower or storm could edge into the western part of Alabama.

TEMPERATURES: High-temperature readings will warm through the 80s in the week ahead, reaching the upper 80s by Friday and in to the weekend. Low temperatures will warm into the middle 60s.

WEEK 2: High pressure will remain in control with partly cloudy and warm conditions. Actually, it will turn toward hot, with highs approaching and exceeding 90F in the final week of the month.

BEACHCAST: Ok, this will be a perfect week along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Highs will be in the 80s, lows will be in the 60s. Water temperatures are in the lower 70s.

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DANCING WITH THE STATS: Lots of record lows across the eastern United States yesterday morning. One of the records was 40F at Raleigh/Durham.

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