Hot Pre-Memorial Day Week Ahead
MID TO UPPER 90S POSSIBLE BY NEXT WEEKEND; LONE RAIN CHANCE TODAY
Some areas in Chambers and Lee counties in Alabama saw showers and storms in the wee hours this morning. We’ll see a repeat of scattered activity areawide this afternoon and evening. Coverage should be around 30% or so. Some of the storms may be strong with gusty winds and perhaps even small hail, but no widespread or significant severe weather is expected. The storms will also be prolific lightning producers, so head indoors if a thunderstorm threatens your area today.
The rain chance leaves the forecast picture this weekend into next week as high pressure tightens its grip on the Southeast. Temperatures will respond as well, climbing into the lower 90s to start the week then mid 90s and perhaps even an upper 90s reading or two by this time next week. Some record highs may be in jeopardy. Beware of some forecast models, phone apps, and social media posts advertising highs well over 100 degrees next week, which is unrealistic in our area for late May.
The high will also pump in moisture from the Gulf of Mexico next week, adding to the oppressiveness. By late week, we may see the combination of heat and humidity push heat index readings in the 100-105 degree range. Take it easy during the latter part of next week if doing any outdoor activities or consider rescheduling them to the early morning or late evening hours.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker