CLASSIC SUMMER WEATHER CONTINUES: Alabama’s weather won’t change much this week as the classic summer pattern continues. Look for partly sunny, hot, humid days with random, scattered showers and thunderstorms firing up during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of the summer soakers will come from 2:00 until 10:00 p.m… and odds of any one place getting wet are in the 30-40 percent range most of the week. Afternoon highs will be in the 91-95 degree range for most communities, and a “heat index” could be needed later in the week as heat index values continue to rise.
For the big fireworks shows tonight, most, but not necessarily all, of the storms should be over by 9:00. Just keep an eye on radar trends if you have outdoor events going on today and tonight; no way of knowing in advance exactly when and where summer storms pop up in advance.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: We will roll with a persistence forecast Saturday, Sunday, and through next week as the upper ridge stays in place across the southern U.S… keeping the stronger winds aloft (the jet stream) to the north. Hot, humid days with a pop up afternoon storm possible daily. Highs will remain in the 90-95 degree range… which is what we expect here in mid-July. See the daily Weather Briefing video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected for at least the next five days.
ON THIS DATE IN 1911: Record temperatures are set in the northeastern United States as a deadly heat wave hits the area that would go on to kill 380 people. In Nashua, New Hampshire, the mercury peaked at 106 degrees. Other high-temperature records were set all over New England during an 11-day period.
BEACH FORECAST: Click here to see the AlabamaWx Beach Forecast Center page.
We are on a holiday schedule… so just one Weather Briefing video today, but I will post fresh forecast notes here by 3:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day and Happy Fourth of July!
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