Drier Air Rolls Into Alabama Tonight

| July 2, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

RADAR CHECK: Showers and thunderstorms are fairly widespread across the southern 2/3 of Alabama this afternoon, ahead of a rare July cold front over the Tennessee Valley. This front will continue southward tonight, and much of the state will be in very dry air late tonight. This will set the stage for a very nice Fourth of July weekend.

HOLIDAY WEEKEND: For most of Alabama, we are forecasting sunny days, cooler nights, and lower humidity levels over the holiday weekend. Highs will be in the mid 80s tomorrow, followed by upper 80s Sunday. Some of the cooler spots will dip into the pleasant 50s at daybreak Sunday. We will need to maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms for far South Alabama and along the Gulf Coast, but the weekend won’t be a “washout”, and there will be sun from time to time.

Moisture will begin to return Monday, and a few isolated showers could pop up, but much of the state will be dry.

REST OF NEXT WEEK: We will bring back the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms on a daily basis Tuesday through Friday, which is a routine part of the forecast around here this time of the year. For now it looks like the main impact with Elsa (the tropical system we are watching) will be east of Alabama… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

HURRICANE ELSA: Elsa is packing sustained winds of 85 mph in the eastern Caribbean this afternoon. It is moving rapidly (for a tropical system) to the west/northwest at 29 mph. Weakening is forecast over the weekend as interaction begins with Hispaniola and Cuba, and NHC is forecasting the system to move through the Florida peninsula (not the panhandle) as a tropical storm Tuesday and Tuesday night.

It should be noted that the average NHC track errors are 175 miles and 200 miles at days 4 and 5, respectively. Given the larger-than-normal uncertainty and because hazards will extend well away from the center of the storm, don’t focus on the exact forecast points in the NHC track. But, for now, it looks like Alabama and the Central Gulf Coast (Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Destin, Panama City Beach) will be on the good, drier west side of the system. We will be much more specific on the potential impact to the Florida peninsula over the next 48 hours as the system gets closer.

The rest of the Atlantic basin is quiet.

ON THIS DATE IN 2001: In Michigan, frost and freezing temperatures were observed in some locations with Grant dropping to 29 degrees. Muskegon reported their coldest July temperature on record with 39 degrees. Other daily record lows included: Lansing: 38, Muskegon: 39, Flint: 40, Youngstown, Ohio: 40, and Grand Rapids, Michigan: 43 degrees.

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