Central AL Forecast: Temps and tropics Heating up.

July 04 2021 12:00 am

A dome of heat will trap us in a hot pattern of weather through the weekend and into early next week. It will also keep us dry. The first sign of a possible sprinkle is NEXT Thursday.

Tonight will be mostly clear and mild. Lows will be in the lower to mid 60s.

Tomorrow will be slightly warmer. Highs creeping close to 90°.

Weekend Outlook: The ridge of high pressure will build on top of Alabama this weekend. This will keep us dry and the summer-like heat returns for the first time in 2021. Saturday will be sunny with high temperatures around 90°. Sunday will stay sunny and hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s. Make sure you find ways to stay cool and hydrated. Also, please us plenty of sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time.

90° Temperatures: Historically, for us, this is very close to when we normally see our first 90° day of the year. On average, the first 90° of the year in Birmingham is May 22nd. The earliest day in the year we’ve ever hit 90° was March 21st, back in 1907. The latest day in the year was July 1st, back in 1983. With all of that being said, it looks like summer is coming to Alabama right on schedule this year. I hope your A/C units are running properly because you will need them all weekend.

Looking into next week we will have daily high temperatures in the lower to possibly mid 90s! YIKES!

We also have our eyes on the tropics. 2 area of interest. One in the Gulf and one in the Atlantic. I think we could have our first named storm, Ana, before June 1st. The area in the gulf is a cluster of thunderstorms and will be more of a rain maker for East Texas, rather than a fully involved tropical storm.

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