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Sizzling Heat Continues Through The Weekend; Relief Comes Next Week : The Alabama Weather Blog

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AUGUST IN ALABAMA: August in Alabama means heat, and we are sure feeling it today. Temperatures are in the mid to upper 90s over most of the state at mid-afternoon, and many communities in the zone from Tuscaloosa to Mobile have reached 100 degrees. The sky is mostly sunny, and we have no cooling showers on radar. Tonight will be fair with a low in the 70s.

The hottest weather of the year will continue to roll along for Alabama and the Deep South through the weekend. A strong upper ridge will mean mostly sunny hot days and fair nights through Sunday with highs in the 96-100 degree range for the northern half of the state. Communities across Southwest Alabama will top out in the 100-105 degree range. And, heat indices will be well over 100; all 67 counties are in either a heat advisory or an excessive heat warning.

Sinking air associated with the upper high means no rain through Saturday; we will introduce a small risk of a shower or storm Sunday afternoon as the heat ridge begins to weaken.

NEXT WEEK: We get a break in the heat as the ridge continues to weaken and shift westward. Monday’s high will be in the low 90s, followed by mid to upper 80s through the rest of the week. A shower or storm is possible Monday, but some rain is more likely Tuesday as a surface front drifts into the state. Models are hinting that drier air could creep into the northern half of Alabama over the latter half of the week with lower humidity and cooler nights; See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: For the first week of high school football, it will be a very warm, humid night across Alabama Friday night. The sky will be clear with temperatures falling through the 80s during the game.

Saturday, Jacksonville State hosts the University of Texas at El Paso (4:30p CT kickoff) at Burgess-Snow Field; the sky will be mostly clear and the day will be very hot. Expect a kickoff temperature near 97 degrees, falling into the upper 80s by the final whistle.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Franklin is over Hispaniola this afternoon with winds of 40 mph. The system is forecast to reach hurricane strength this weekend west of Bermuda. From there it will move north/northeast, and will remain well east of the U.S.

In the Central Atlantic, the remnants of former Tropical Storm Emily is expected to regenerate into a depression or storm over the next few days, but it is moving northward and will remain far from land.

And, another disturbance in the eastern Atlantic (Invest 92L) could blossom into a tropical depression by the weekend. This will likely gain latitude and will remain far from land as well.

No tropical systems are expected near the U.S. for at least the next seven days.

ON THIS DATE IN 1933: A hurricane made landfall near Nags Head, North Carolina and tracked up the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake-Potomac hurricane moved over Norfolk, Virginia, and Washington, DC. A seven-foot tide flooded businesses in Norfolk, Virginia. Described in the American Meteorological Society’s August 1933 weather review as “one of the most severe storms that have ever visited the Middle Atlantic Coast.”

ON THIS DATE IN 1992: While South Florida residents were preparing for Hurricane Andrew, folks in western Montana were dealing with early season snowfall. Some snowfall amounts include 8.3” in Great Falls, 6.2” in Helena, and 5.1” in Cut Bank. This snowfall is the first significant snowfall on record in western Montana in August.

Look for the next video briefing here by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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James Spann

2023-08-23 19:59:15

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