Saturday was a beautiful but cool day across Alabama. Central Alabama highs were in the 40s, with some lower 50s over South Central Alabama.
Clouds increased overnight as an upper-level shortwave approached. It would have showers, but the system is starved for moisture. Sunshine will return gradually today, and in keeping with recent trends, it will turn a bit breezy. Highs today will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Lows tonight will be near or below freezing.
THROUGH MIDWEEK: High pressure will build over the state by Monday. An approaching front could trigger a few light showers late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, but the rain chances are small. Monday’s high will be in the lower 50s, with upper 50s Tuesday and Wednesday. Overnight lows will be in the 30s.
NEXT WEATHER MAKER: Another approaching upper-level disturbance will bring a chance of rain back by late Wednesday night into early Thursday. A frontal system will stall over Alabama, keeping rain chances in the forecast through Friday.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: Saturday and Sunday should be dry and seasonal.
DANCING WITH THE STATS: Record heat across Southwest California yesterday. It was 88F at Downtown Los Angeles, a record for the date by two degrees. It was 87F at Santa Barbara, also a record for the date.
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ON THIS DATE IN 1999: A storm system, unusually strong for the time of year, produced several tornadoes over Arkansas and western Tennessee, that killed eight and injured 131. Damage totaled $40 million. Hardest hit was Jackson, TN, where two separate tornadoes (one an F3, one an F4) struck the northern and southern sections of the town. Two hundred homes were destroyed, three hundred others damaged. Six people died in Jackson. Follow my weather history tweets on Twitter. I am @wxhistorian at Twitter.com.