Back Into The 80s

| August 19, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

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WARMING UP: Most cities, including Birmingham, are above 80 degrees this afternoon for the first time since August 14, when our high was 82. Birmingham reports 84 degrees at 3:00 with a mix of sun and clouds. We do have showers and storms on radar, but they are fairly widely spaced today. Some of the heaviest rain as I write this is in Dallas County, where an “aerial flood advisory” is in effect.

MID-WEEK: The warming trend will continue, with afternoon highs generally in the mid 80s tomorrow through Thursday. Some spots could even hit the upper 80s. Expect a partly sunny sky all three days, and we will maintain the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the moist environment across Alabama. The best chance of a shower or storm will come during the afternoon and evening hours, but a late night or morning shower can’t be ruled out.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Not much change… but it will finally feel like summer with a high between 87 and 90 degrees. We will forecast a mix of sun and clouds each day, and we will maintain the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 30 to 40 percent range both days.

We do note the 12Z GFS tries to bring some drier air down into Alabama Sunday and Monday, but we will discount that idea for now… this is is August, after all.

AT THE BEACH: The weather on the Gulf Coast was much improved today, with ample sunshine and only widely scattered showers and storms. We project about 6 to 8 hours of sunshine each day this week with a few scattered showers and storms. Highs will be in the upper 80s on the immediate coast, and sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

TROPICS: Quiet as could be… amazingly quiet for mid-August in fact across the Atlantic basin and tropical storm formation is not expected through mid-week.

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