Big Heat, Isolated Big Storms
MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE WEATHER TODAY; DAMAGING WINDS POSSIBLE IN STRONGEST STORMS
Your hump day will start off with some mostly cloudy skies courtesy of a dying complex of showers and thunderstorms in northern Alabama. The clouds should break by the lunch hour with the sun pushing temperatures into the low to mid 90s areawide. With the amount of heat energy and moisture around the area, isolated strong storms are possible and a severe storm or two cannot be ruled out. The primary risk is damaging winds, with a small chance for large hail as well; the tornado risk is pretty much nil as the atmosphere just isn’t set up to support rotating storms.
Through the weekend, rain chances will be dependent on complexes of storms that will drop south and east from the Tennessee River valley into Alabama and Georgia. Outside the rainfall, temperatures will be very warm with highs in the middle 90s. With the increased moisture around, heat index values may touch the 105 mark during the afternoons in the warmest areas, so make sure to take it easy and stay hydrated if doing anything strenuous outdoors.
A boundary will drop into the area this weekend into early next week, putting us back in the traditional summertime chance for pop-up showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the low to mid 90s early next week with lows in the 70-75 degree range.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker