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Midday Nowcast: Sunshine, Hot Temperatures, and Smoke : The Alabama Weather Blog

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A partly to mostly sky will greet you outside today across Alabama, along with hot temperatures as many locations are climbing into the low 90s. There continues to be some smoke in the air over Alabama from the Canadian wildfires. As we have seen the past few days, during the peak heating of the day, we will see random, isolated showers and thunderstorms develop. Many places won’t see a drop, but some communities will experience a heavy storm with potential for small hail and strong gusty winds. The chance of any one specific location seeing a shower or thunderstorm is in the 10-20% range.

ACROSS THE USA: Widespread smoke from Canadian wildfires is causing numerous and widespread Air Quality Alerts from the Northeast to the Great Lakes as well as for other urban areas in the central/eastern U.S.

Daily rounds of heavy rain are forecast through the remainder of the week in the Rockies and High Plains with the potential for scattered instances of flash flooding.

TOMORROW: A surface front will drop into Alabama tomorrow, and we will see an increase in the number of showers and storms tomorrow, but still many locations will remain dry. Rain chance tomorrow will be in the 30-40% range, with the greater coverage of storms across Central and South Alabama. Heat levels will begin to come down with highs in the mid to upper 80s across North/Central Alabama.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Much drier air will drop into the state Friday and Saturday; on these two days we expect a mostly sunny sky. Rain chances will be near zero, and nights will be refreshing, with many spots reaching the 50s early Friday and Saturday morning. On Sunday, moisture levels rise and we will bring back the chance of “scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms” with a mix of sun and clouds. Highs will remain in the upper 80s and low 90s.

NEXT WEEK: A persistence forecast is what we will go with for much of the week. Partly sunny days with the chance of a passing afternoon thunderstorm in scattered spots. By midweek, it looks like a warming trend will begin as a ridge builds in over the Deep South, meaning hotter temperatures as mid 90s are expected.

IN THE TROPICS: All is quiet in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and the open waters of the Atlantic. The feature the NHC was monitoring near the Azores now has no chance of development.

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 114.8F at Tazerbo, Libya. The lowest observation was -105.0F Concordia, Antarctica.

CONTIGUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: Over the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 101F at Phoenix, AZ. The lowest observation was 27F at Peter Sinks, UT.

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Ryan Stinnett

2023-06-07 15:23:55

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