HERE COMES THE HEAT: We are projecting a high in the low 90s today, and low to mid 90s tomorrow and Friday as we will deal with the hottest weather so far this year across Alabama. Here are the record highs for Birmingham each day…
Today (May 18) 98 (1962)
Tomorrow (May 19) 98 (1962)
Friday (May 20) 97 (1962)
It won’t be as hot as May 1962 and no records are in danger, but highs will be about 10 degrees above average. Most of the state will be dry through Friday with mostly sunny days and fair nights, but an isolated thunderstorm or two is possible near the Tennessee state line.
THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: The upper ridge over the region will break down, and moisture levels will rise, opening the door for the return of scattered showers and thunderstorms Saturday. Chance of any one spot getting wet Saturday is 35-45 percent, otherwise the day will be warm and humid with a mix of sun and clouds along with a high in the mid 80s. Then, on Sunday, we expect more clouds than sun with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms. Not a washout, but some rain is likely at times. The high Sunday will be in the 77-82 degree range as heat levels continue to come down.
NEXT WEEK: A warm, humid airmass will cover Alabama and we will have the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” through most of the week with highs generally in the 80s. For now the weather for the Memorial Day weekend looks pretty routine with partly sunny days, and some risk of scattered showers and storms. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
TROPICS: Ignore the social media hype… the Atlantic basin is quiet now, and the Gulf of Mexico will likely stay quiet through the rest of May. The season officially begins June 1.
ON THIS DATE IN 1883: The massive tornado outbreak on record in Illinois affected the northern and central parts of the state. At least 14 strong to violent tornadoes touched down killing 52 people.
ON THIS DATE IN 1980: Mount Saint Helens erupted, spewing ash and smoke sixty-three thousand feet into the air. Heavy ash covered the ground to the immediate northwest, and small particles were carried to the Atlantic coast.
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