For today, expect to see a mostly cloudy sky…essentially all day long. Some of us East of I-65 (Anniston, Gadsden, etc.) may see brief pockets of sunshine, but we’ll be socked in with cloud cover most of the day from Birmingham and points West. Afternoon highs a little warmer where we see sun…mid 70s towards Talladega, Oxford etc., while West AL is expecting upper 60s to low 70s. Another small 10% chance of sprinkles. Light NW wind at 5 mph.
On Monday, more pockets of sunshine will emerge over most of the region. The sunshine mixed with the humidity will result in a noticeably warm afternoon by late-October standards. Afternoon highs expected in the low to mid 80s…that’s 10 to 15° above normal. NO chance of rain expected.
As we move into the rest of the week ahead, our forecast is highly subject to change. Tropical Storm Zeta has officially formed in the Caribbean. As of right now, the current forecast track being shown by a majority of forecast models is North through the Gulf of Mexico, and into the Gulf coast as a tropical storm by Wednesday/Thursday.
It’s very likely we see impacts from this later this week in Central Alabama. What exactly we may be looking at will almost certainly change from now until then. However, be prepared to pay extra attention to our forecast starting on Monday, as we iron out more specific details as it develops.
For now, we’re looking at strong, tropical showers & storms sweeping through the region Wednesday & Thursday.