For today, expect slightly more coverage of afternoon showers & maybe a few thunderstorms. Rain chances for all of us in Central AL are a little higher at 30%. Expect very muggy conditions for most of the afternoon, with high temperatures reaching the upper 80s to 90°. Light SE winds at 5 to 10 mph.
Meanwhile, across the Pacific Northwest, an intense heat wave is beginning to develop. A largely anomalous upper-level ridge is now parking itself over British Columbia & Washington. Excessive Heat Warnings are currently in effect for the entire state of Washington, a large majority of Oregon, and parts of Idaho & Northern California.
Extreme high temperatures are expected in the region for today, Monday, & Tuesday. Places like Portland, Yakima, Kennewick, & Spokane will see temperatures soar to the 100s & 110s — likely breaking all-time records for the area.
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Elsewhere in the tropics, we now have two areas labeled by the National Hurricane Center worth watching. The first is a tropical wave tracking West through the Central Atlantic, which now has a 30% chance of development over the next 5 days. We also have another area much closer to home a couple-hundred miles South of Bermuda. This disturbance also has a low, 10% chance of development. We’ll keep an eye on both over the next week.
Meanwhile, back here at home for next week, expect increasing chances of rain each day as more tropical moisture gets carried into the region starting Wednesday. Near-average temperatures for late-June are expected to continue next week, as no well-defined upper-level features will develop over the area. For us, that means continuing lows near 70°, highs in the upper 80s to near 90°.
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