Sunday Weather Xtreme: The Heat Is On

| May 23, 2021 @ 7:00 am

Heat is the story for the next week as high pressure remains in control of Alabama’s weather.

ON THIS MORNING’S WEATHER MAPS: This morning, a high amplitude pattern persists across North American, with a huge upper low over the southwestern United States, and a big ridge over the southeastern U.S.

SATURDAY HIGHS: It was 88F in Tuscaloosa, 86F in Birmingham and Anniston, and 85F in Calera.

FOR YOUR SUNDAY: It looks like we record our hottest day so far this year, as well as our first 90F reading of the year here in Birmingham. Skies will be partly cloudy and areas radars will be quiet.

THE WEEK AHEAD: High pressure will remain in control of Alabama’s weather for much of the week ahead. Get used to those 90s, because they will be common across much of North and Central Alabama. In fact, forecast highs for Birmingham are above 90F through the end of the month. While temperatures will be high, rain chances will be low. A few isolated showers and storms could show back up by Friday and Saturday. Lows will gradually warm toward 70F>

VOODOO COUNTRY: The second half of the forecast should be cooler and wetter, which will be good news. Unfortunately, that includes Memooral Day.

TROPICAL OUTLOOK: Subtropical Storm Ana formed yesterday morning to the east of Bermuda. The small system is moving to the northeast and will accelerate in that direction today. It should lose most of its convection tonight and will dissipate during the next 24 hours.

BEACHCAST: It’s going to feel more like late June than May along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Expect highs near 90F and lows near 70F. Partly cloudy skies will be the rule with almost no chance of rain. There is a high risk of rip currents today however. Water temperatures are in the middle 70s.

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