The drive home this evening looks to be a nice one, but some may have to deal with some bright sunshine if driving westbound. Only a few fair-weather are dotting the skies at this point and I can’t imagine those becoming more in number as we’ll start losing the daytime heating soon. As of 2:00 pm, temperatures have made it up into the upper 70s to the mid-80s across the area. A few were tied as the warm spot at 84 degrees. Gadsden was the cool spot at 79 degrees. Birmingham was sitting at 82 degrees.
For this evening, temperatures will drop into the upper 70s to the lower 80s as we start the drive home at 5:00 pm, into the mid-60s to the lower 70s by 8:00 pm, and into the lower 60s to the lower 70s by 10:00 pm. Overnight lows will bottom out in the upper 50s to the mid-60s across Central Alabama. Skies will be mostly clear throughout the night-time hours.
As I mentioned in my midday post, Wednesday will be a warm day with a little more humidity in the air. Just enough that a few isolated showers may be possible over the extreme southeastern parts of Central Alabama during the afternoon hours… mainly south of I-85 and east of I-65. The rest of the area will remain dry with highs topping out in the lower to mid-80s.
It will be the same story on Thursday as we’ll have a very small chance of a few isolated showers over the southern half of Central Alabama during the afternoon hours. More moisture will work into the area ahead of a cold front on Friday, increasing our shower and thunderstorm chances across the area, especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Those rain chances look to stay around through the day on Saturday, while Sunday may end up being a dry day for much of the area. Highs will be in the lower to mid-80s for Thursday, the upper 70s to the lower 80s on Friday, the mid-70s to the lower 80s on Saturday, and back up to the upper 70s to the lower 80s for Sunday.
Using the Shelby County Airport as a center point for Central Alabama, we can get a good average of what to expect temperature-wise across the area from today through much of the first week of November. We’ll say in the upper 70s to the mid-80s from now through next Wednesday (28th) before we have a big cool down into the 50s and 60s for the most part. Hot chocolate days are close by.
An update will be released from the NHC on Tropical Storm Epsilon at 4:00 pm, but we do know that maximum sustained winds were up to 60 MPH as of the 1:00 pm intermediateupdate. Movement was to the north-northwest at 12 MPH and the center was located about 675 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Bermuda as Epsilon will be making a close pass-by to the east on Friday potentially as a hurricane. While it is too soon to determine the exact details of Epsilon’s track and intensity near the island, there is a risk of direct impacts from wind, rainfall, and storm surge on Bermuda. Epsilon is no threat to the US Mainland.
We also have a trough of low pressure that extends from the northwestern Caribbean Sea near the northeastern portion of the Yucatan peninsula southeastward into the southwestern Caribbean Sea. This system is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms well to the east of the trough axis. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for significant development while the system drifts westward over the next few days. Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent / through 5 days…low…10 percent.