The Summertime pattern looks to hve taken hold. A strong ridge of high pressure is going to keep us dry and hot through next week. We have a small chance of rain mainly north of Hwy. 278 and East of I-65 tonight...this includes Cherokee, Dekalb, and Jackson Counties. Temperatures tonight will fall into the mid 60s with partly cloudy skies tonight.
High pressure will mean sunshine through the weekend. Highs will reach the mid to upper 80s Saturday with highs approaching 90 on Sunday. The longer range forecast keeps us dry with only a small chance of rain on Tuesday.
Forecast concerns now include the possibility of drought conditions in parts of the state due to several weeks without any measurable rainfall. Areas along and south of I-85 will be especially impacted by the lack of rainfall. According to the US Drought Monitor - we're already experiencing an extreme drought in that part of the state. East Alabama is also especially vunerable to this extended dry weather.
Long range forecast for the Summer continues to look hot with average temperatures and below average rainfall.
Have a great weekend!
Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist