Today, a cold front will move across Central Alabama. We will be mostly sunny, hot, and becoming less humid. High temperatures will be in the lower 90s.

Tonight, it will feel refreshing with a mostly clear sky, lower humidity, and cooler low temperatures in the lower to middle 60s.

The cold front will move to South Alabama on Friday and stall along the coast. We will dry out with a partly cloudy day and lower humidity levels. High temperatures will be in the middle to upper 80s.

Weekend Outlook: The cold front will stall along the coast this weekend, and less humid air will build across the Birmingham area. Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy, warm, and less humid with highs in the middle to upper 80s. This will be perfect weather for football, tailgating, and anything outside!

Next Week’s Outlook: We start out the week with sunshine on Monday as an area of high pressure sits over the Southeast U.S. Highs will be in the upper 80s. A trough will send a cold front toward Alabama on Tuesday. We will be partly cloudy with a few showers. Highs will be around 90°. The cold front will move through on Wednesday with scattered showers and storms. Highs will be in the middle 80s. Thursday and Friday will be sunny and dry with highs in the lower to middle 80s.

Tracking the Tropics

Hurricane Lee continues to strengthen and is now a Category 2 storm with winds of 105 mph. It is now forecast to become a powerful Category 5 (160 mph) on Friday as it sits just NE of the Leeward Islands. Fortunately, the forecast track takes it north of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola through next Tuesday morning where it will continue to be a dangerous storm.

Extended forecast models continue to show it turning north before the Bahamas as it moves along an area of high pressure in the Central Atlantic. On this track, it will move between the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda next week. This will come very close to Bermuda as a major hurricane.

Invest 96L is now Tropical Depression 14 near the Cabo Verde Islands. Forecast models want to strengthen this into Tropical Storm Margot later today, and then become a hurricane on Sunday. It will track northwest and then turn north on Sunday across the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.