Dry Weekend Ahead; Warm Days, Pleasant Nights

| September 10, 2021 @ 3:13 pm

SEVERE CLEAR: Nothing but sunshine across Alabama this afternoon with a very dry airmass in place; temperatures are generally in the 79-84 degree range. The average high for Birmingham on September 10 is 87. Tonight will be clear and cool… temperatures drop into the 55-64 degree range early tomorrow.

Not much change in our weather over the weekend… look for sunny warm days and fair pleasant nights. Highs will be in the 87-90 degree range… the low early Sunday will be in the 60s.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be another dry day with a high in the upper 80s… then moisture levels gradually rise through mid-week, and we will bring back the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday through Friday. For now it doesn’t look like the showers will be especially widespread. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: Expect perfect weather for the high school games across the state tonight; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from the mid 70s at kickoff into the upper 60s by the final whistle.

Tomorrow, Auburn hosts Alabama State at Jordan-Hare Stadium (11a CT kickoff)… look for a sunny sky during the game with temperatures rising from near 84 degrees at kickoff to around 87 by the fourth quarter. Alabama will host Mercer at Bryant-Denny Stadium (3p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny with temperatures falling from 88 degrees at kickoff to near 80 degrees by the end of the game.

UAB is on the road; they will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens (2:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be sunny; about 85 degrees at kickoff, falling to near 80 by the final whistle. And, Jacksonville State is also on the road tomorrow night; they take on Florida State in Tallahassee (7p CT kickoff). A passing shower or storm is possible during the first half, otherwise the sky will be mostly fair with temperatures hovering in the 78-82 degree range during the game.

TROPICS: Larry is still a hurricane with winds of 80 mph… it will scoot by the coast of Newfoundland tonight, then becoming post-tropical over the North Atlantic tomorrow.

Also, the northern part of a tropical wave is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the western Caribbean Sea, and portions of Central America and the Yucatan peninsula. This system is forecast to move into the Bay of Campeche and merge with a pre-existing surface trough by Sunday. Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive to support gradual development thereafter, and a tropical depression is likely to form on Sunday or Monday before the system moves onshore along the western Gulf of Mexico coast. Regardless of development, this disturbance is expected to produce heavy rains across portions of Central America and the Yucatan Peninsula through Saturday. Heavy rains are likely to reach portions of the western Gulf coast late this weekend and early next week, including the Texas coastal plain and parts of Louisiana. The deeper moisture from this feature, for now, looks like it will remain west of Alabama next week.

And, out in the far eastern Atlantic a strong tropical wave located along the west coast of Africa is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This wave will move off the coast by this evening, and gradual development is expected thereafter. A tropical depression is likely to form late this weekend or early next week as the system moves west-northwestward over the far eastern Atlantic near the Cabo Verde Islands.

Today (September 10) is the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season.

ON THIS DATE IN 1960: The center of Hurricane Donna passed over the middle of the Florida Keys between 2, and 3 am on this day. Donna was a Category 5 hurricane over the Atlantic and a Category 4 at landfall. This storm caused the deaths of over 100 in Puerto Rico and 50 in the United States.

ON THIS DATE IN 2017: Hurricane Irma crossed the Florida Keys as a Category 4 storm.

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