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Midday Nowcast: Sunny and Hot First Day of Summer

| June 21, 2022 @ 10:20 am

WELCOME TO SUMMER…OFFICIALLY: The Summer Solstice occurred at 4:13 AM CDT today, officially bringing the start to summer, but it’s been feeling like summer for weeks in Alabama. No change in the overall pattern across the Deep South as the upper-level ridge strengthens causing our temperatures to remain very hot and our rain chances very low. It is not as humid this week, and that should keep heat levels below heat advisories criteria most days. Each day expect a sunny sky with highs in the upper 90s today, and upper 90s to low 100s Wednesday through Friday.

Rain chances are not zero this week, but with the lower humidity levels, rain chances are generally less than 10% any given day. Do not be surprised if there are a few blips on the radar each day somewhere across the Alabama landscape.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The sky will remain mostly sunny and temperatures will remain hot, but some locations could see isolated afternoon showers and storms on either day as the eastern side of the ridge weakens. Saturday’s highs will be again be close to 100°, while Sunday’s highs look to drop back into the mid and upper 90s for all of Central Alabama. Rain chances this weekend will be in the 20-30% range.

THE TROPICS: All is quiet with no tropical cyclone development expected through the upcoming weekend.

NEXT WEEK: The ridge looks to slide back to the west and that should allow for a more typical summer pattern for Alabama. Highs in the low to mid 90s with lows in the 70s. It will be a bit more humid, and several upper-level features could lead to a higher coverage of scattered showers and storms.

BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and rip current forecasts for the beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There, you can select the forecast of the region that you are interested in visiting.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the U.S. was 126.9F at Jahra, Kuwait. The lowest observation was -93.6F at Concordia, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 107F at Eloy, AZ. The lowest observation was 20F at Flagstaff, AZ.

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