Central Alabama’s Most Detailed Seven Day Forecast

Tuesday afternoon, November 12, 2019
Forecaster: Ryan Stinnett

INTO THE ICEBOX: Wow, what a difference a day makes across the state…the Arctic cold front came roaring through the state overnight and temperatures have fallen into the 20s and 30s across North/Central Alabama, and these temperatures will go nowhere the rest of the day. Today will continue to be very cold and blustery with a Wind Advisory in effect due to strong north wind of 15-35 mph, making it feel much colder. The wind chill index is below freezing and as low as the teens in some locations the rest of today. Through the afternoon, the sky will clear and we should see sun, but it will not be helping our temperatures climb any today.

FREEZE WARNING: A FREEZE WARNING has been issued for the southern three-quarters of the state the rest of today, through tonight, and until mid-morning tomorrow. With a clear sky tonight, we project morning lows between 18 and 24 degrees over North/Central Alabama. Birmingham’s record low for November 13 is 22 set in 1911, and that record is in danger. Freezing temperatures are expected all the way down to the Gulf Coast, where the Alabama and Northwest Florida beaches will even drop below freezing tomorrow morning.

WARMER WEDNESDAY: Tomorrow will still be unseasonably cold, but a sunny sky should warm temperatures close to 50°. Wednesday night temperature will fall back into the 30s, and by first thing Thursday morning lows should be in the 27-31 degree range.

THURSDAY/FRIDAY: Not much change in the forecast as it still looks like a wave of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will bring clouds back to Alabama with areas of rain for areas along and south of Interstate 20 Thursday and Thursday night. For now, nothing especially heavy due to limited moisture, and the better rain coverage and chances will be closer to the Gulf Coast. With the clouds, Thursday highs will struggle to reach 50 again. Friday should feature more sun than clouds as the wave of low pressure slides off to the east of the area which should allow temps to climb into the mid 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Another very nice fall weekend ahead for Alabama. For now, both days look dry with more sun than clouds with highs around 60°. Nights will be fair and cold, with lows in the 30s.

NEXT WEEK The week looks fairly dry with seasonal temperatures; highs most days will be in the low 60s. We could see some rain toward the end of the week with an approaching cold front, but for now it doesn’t look like a big rain event. On the positive side, no sign of any severe weather issues for Alabama for the next seven to ten days.

IN THE TROPICS: All is quiet with no signs of any tropical storm formation this week. Hurricane season runs through the end of November, so we will keep an eye on things, but it is rare to see system this time of year.

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 112.3F at Marble Bar, Australia. The lowest observation was -62.7F at Vostok, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 94F at Palm Desert, CA. The lowest observation was -16F at Skibo, MN.

WEATHER ON THIS DATE IN 2003: Thunderstorms developed in southern California and produced torrential downpours across parts of the Los Angeles area. More than 5 inches of rain fell in just 2 hours in southern Los Angeles, producing severe urban flooding. Small hail also accompanied the storms, accumulating several inches deep in some areas of the city. Nearly 115,000 electrical customers lost power as the storms affected the area