After the chilly start to the day, we are seeing a nice warm up heading into the afternoon hours.
The 30s from this morning, have been replaced with 50s and 60s this afternoon, thanks to a sky full of sunshine.
Tonight, we should start to see a few high level clouds moving into the state with lows in the 30s and 40s again tomorrow morning. Then tomorrow, clouds will increase along with our southerly winds, and though a few showers are possible late in the day over Northwest and West Alabama, the day should be dry for most of the state. Highs tomorrow will climb into the low to perhaps mid 60s ahead of the approaching Arctic front due in here early on Christmas Eve.
CHRISTMAS EVE FRONT: Rain and some storms will move into the state ahead of the Arctic front and these will continue to push across Alabama during the early morning hours of Christmas. We note the SPC has expanded the “marginal risk” (level 1/5) of severe thunderstorms to include much of the state for overnight tomorrow night.
Instability will be very limited with this system, but ample windshear will be present so there could be some gusty winds with the showers and storms, but this is not a very impressive severe weather set-up for the state. In fact, the main issue will likely come from pressure gradient winds and not thunderstorms winds out ahead of the cold front, winds will gust to 30/35 mph late tomorrow night as the rain moves through. The higher winds will come from midnight tomorrow night until 6:00 a.m. Thursday. Rain amounts of 1/2 to 1 inch are likely.
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 119.3F at Gisenyi, Rwanda. The lowest observation was -62.1F at Verhojansk, Russia.
CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 87F at Chino and Woodland Hills, north CA. The lowest observation was -6F at Gunnison, CO.