The new record high today in Birmingham is 85°.
Clouds are clearing which will make for some nice viewing of the lunar eclipse Tuesday morning.
A weak area of high pressure will sit over the Deep South on Tuesday, Election Day. We will be partly cloudy, warm and humid with highs in the lower 80s. We will be close to record highs once again.
The area of low pressure will move over Florida on Thursday and Friday. This will spread heavy rain there, but we will be mostly sunny on Thursday. We could see some more clouds and possibly a shower over Eastern Alabama on Friday. The rain will be limited thanks to a ridge of high pressure spread across the Northeast U.S. Both days will be breezy. It will be unseasonably warm with highs in the mid 70s.
Weekend Outlook: A trough of low pressure will move east across the U.S. on Friday into Saturday. This will prevent the Florida low from moving into Alabama. The trough will also send a strong cold front across Alabama on Saturday. It will not have any moisture associated with it, so we will be sunny and breezy. It will be MUCH COLDER with highs only in the mid to upper 50s. Saturday night will be clear and cold with lows in the 40s. Sunday will be gorgeous as an area of high pressure builds toward Alabama from the northwest. We will be sunny and chilly with highs only in the lower 50s. Sunday night will be clear, cold and frosty with a light freeze possible. Lows will be in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
Tracking the Tropics: Subtropical Storm Nicole has formed in the Atlantic east of the Bahamas. It will move NW then turn west the next few days toward Florida as it gets stronger. It will be close to a hurricane by landfall Thursday on SE Florida north of Miami. It is forecast to cross South Florida and turn NW toward Tampa. Then a cold front will deflect it NE over North Florida/Georgia to the U.S. East Coast by the weekend. This system will not have a direct impact on Alabama, but we will see some clouds and a few showers over Eastern Alabama on Friday. This will be a mess for the U.S. East Coast this weekend.