Today we’re experiencing a near repeat of Sunday’s weather, although today it feels even hotter! As of 11 AM temperatures had already reached 90° in many locations, with feels like temperatures approaching 100°. Be extra careful in this heat over the next several hours, take frequent breaks, and stay well hydrated. There will be a chance for showers and storms this afternoon but the coverage will remain very spotty. Any storms that materialize could become quite strong, with high winds and frequent lightning. Be sure to check the weather app after lunchtime for possible lightning and storm alerts.
REST OF THIS WEEK: The good news is that we will soon see an end to this most recent heat wave. Over the next few days the coverage of storms and amount of cloud cover will increase, keeping high temperatures closer to average. The high pressure ridge responsible for the extreme heat will weaken and allow storms and showers to start popping up by lunchtime each day. The threat of rain will linger through the evening hours. The elevated afternoon rain chances will also linger into the weekend so I’d schedule those outdoor plans for earlier in the day. Be sure to check in with us at NOON for a radar update and details on the increasing rain threat in the extended forecast. Have a great afternoon!
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt