The new month has started with the coldest air so far this season across Alabama and the Deep South with widespread freezing temperatures this morning across the northern half of the state. The sky is full of sunshine today, but it remains cool to chilly at times as a brisk northwest wind making highs in the 50s over the northern half of the state, feel colder. Winds diminish tonight, expect a clear and cold night across all of Alabama as a freeze warning is in effect for nearly all of Alabama, even down to the Gulf Coast. Temperatures tonight will range from 26°-36° from north to south across Alabama.
TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: After the freezing start tomorrow morning, a warming trend begins tomorrow afternoon, with highs closer to 60°. Friday’s highs will range from the 60s over North Alabama, to the low to mid 70s over the southern counties. The weekend will be dry with mostly sunny pleasant days and fair cool nights. Highs mostly in the 70s, lows in the 40s and 50s.
FOOTBALL WEATHER: Expect a clear sky for the high school games across Alabama Friday night with temperatures falling through the 50s.
Saturday, UAB hosts Florida Atlantic at Protective Stadium in downtown Birmingham (2:00p CT kickoff). The sky will be sunny with temperatures in the low 70s.
Auburn travels to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt (3:00p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with upper 60s at kickoff, dropping into the low 60s by the final whistle.
And, Alabama will host LSU Saturday evening at Bryant-Denny Stadium (6:45p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 60s. A perfect night for football in Tuscaloosa.
FALL BACK: Also this weekend, don’t forget time changes as Daylight Saving Time ends early Sunday morning, and we fall back onto Standard Time. Good news, we get an extra hour of sleep, bad news, sunset Sunday afternoon will be at 4:51PM in Birmingham. Always a great time to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and change those filters in your HVAC systems.
NEXT WEEK: A few showers will be possible on Monday as a weak feature works across the state, but limited moisture means if you see rain, it will not amount to much; less than a tenth of an inch. For the rest of the week, fantastic fall weather will remain in place for with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s. Drought and fire weather dangers will continue and late in the week we do trend cooler.
IN THE TROPICS: Just one feature we are watching currently in the Central Caribbean Sea. Disorganized showers and thunderstorms over the central Caribbean Sea are associated with a trough of low pressure. Environmental conditions could become a little more conducive for development in a day or two, and a tropical depression could form when the system moves over the southwestern Caribbean Sea during the latter part of this week. Regardless of development, this system has the potential to produce heavy rains over portions of Central America late this week and into the weekend. Formation chance through 7 days…medium…50 percent.
Hurricane season ends November 30th and the remaining names on list this year are Vince and Whitney.
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 107.6F at Marienta, Namibia. The lowest observation was -75.8F Dome A, Antarctica.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 91F at Ochopee, FL. The lowest observation was 2F at Peter Sinks, UT.
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