Source: Wes Wyatt/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
You can expect warm and very breezy conditions for the rest of Friday afternoon and evening. The south wind is helping with comfort levels as summer-like warmth builds across the state. A stray shower can’t be ruled out later this afternoon; however, most areas will remain dry through Friday night. It’s going to feel like beach weather tonight, with a warm comfy south breeze and temperatures tumbling into the 70s. Tomorrow will be a very similar day, with winds increasing, which is the result of a tight pressure gradient in advance of our next rainmaker. Most locations will remain dry tomorrow, with only a few isolated afternoon pop-up showers and maybe a storm. There is a good chance we will reach the 90 degree mark tomorrow afternoon.
FIRST ALERT FOR STORMS SUNDAY: We are keeping an eye on late Sunday for the possibility of more strong to severe thunderstorms. Sunday will be another hot, dry, and breezy day, with a mixture of clouds and sunshine. The threat for rain and thunderstorms will increase over far west Alabama beginning around 7 p.m. on Sunday. The storms should reach the I-65 corridor by midnight and then impact East Alabama, mainly after 2 a.m. I do think the greater risk for any strong to severe storms will be west of I-65, with the threat decreasing further east. Similar to the last two systems, I can’t rule out a severe storm, with an isolated tornado risk, possible damaging winds, and hail. This system will exit early Monday morning, with gradual clearing and pleasantly warm temperatures.
CHANGES LATE NEXT WEEK: Another very dynamic storm system will bring a big increase in the chance for rain and storms next Wednesday. This system looks to linger for a few days bringing rainy and possibly stormy weather and overcast conditions next Thursday. Some data suggests another upper air disturbance could move overhead next Friday. If this scenario verifies, we will be talking about an overcast and misty day with a cold, north wind. We will know much more as newer data arrives this evening. Be sure to check in with us beginning with The Four!
WEATHERFEST: We hope you can join us for Weather Fest 2017 at the McWane Science Center tomorrow from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be several local organizations associated with the atmospheric sciences and severe weather preparedness. There will be lots of weather tools, including the WBRC Storm Trackers! You will also have a chance to meet members of the Hurricane Hunter Squadron! There will be lots of prizes and giveaways. We will also have a team helping program NOAA All Hazard Weather Radios!
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