Not much change in the forecast as the upper-ridge remains in place across the Deep South. Our heat levels are rising as the days are very hot and very humid with highs in the mid to upper 90s, and dew points are in the low to mid 70s. The combination of hot temps and high humidity are pushing those heat index values over 105° and that is in the danger range for Central Alabama. For this reason, the Heat Advisory continues today and through at least Thursday for all of North and Central Alabama. I fully expect this to be extended through Friday as well. We also note, portions of the Tennessee Valley of North Alabama are included in an Excessive Heat Warning as heat index values will exceed 110° at times.
The only heat relief will come from those random, scattered showers and thunderstorms firing up during the afternoon and evening hours. Most of the summer soakers will come from 2PM-10PM and odds of any one place getting wet are in the 20-40 percent range most days. Just keep an eye on radar trends if you have outdoor events going on this week, there is no way of knowing in advance exactly when and where summer storms pop up in advance.
WEEKEND & NEXT WEEK: The ridge looks to weaken a tad, allowing for slightly cooler temperatures and better rain chances starting this weekend and into next week. Overall expect highs in the upper 80s to low and mid 90s, which is what we expect here in mid-July. Rain chances will be in the 30-50 percent range most days, and again, the greatest coverage of storms will come during the afternoon and evening hours.
IN THE TROPICS: The Atlantic basin is quiet and no development is expected through the upcoming weekend.
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 117.7F at Jahra, Kuwait. The lowest observation was -95.4F at Vostok, Antarctica.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 111F at Death Valley, CA. The lowest observation was 31F at Big Piney, WY.
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