While this weekend may be the unofficial start of the summer season, it sure feels official! By 8 AM this morning temperatures were in the 80-degree range and we expect near record warmth later today. If you are going to be at the lake or at the pool, pack-on a generous amount of sunscreen and try to reduce sun exposure if possible. The sun is strongest during this time of year, with UV Index values peaking at 12.
Subtropical Storm Beryl over the Atlantic is churning westward and this system is expected to make a landfall near Jacksonville, FL. This will help spread clouds into portions of Alabama. We will remain mostly sunny today, with a few clouds to the east of I-65 in the afternoon. Because of the extreme heat, a stray shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out. We expect more clouds to filter-in over the next two days and this will help to lower temperatures, with highs closer to 90-degrees. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms will be possible through Wednesday and any storms could be quite strong.
A shift in the upper air pattern will allow a stronger front to reach Alabama later in the week and this will bring a much better chance of rain and thunderstorms. The best chance for rain and thunderstorm activity will be on Thursday and Friday. Some of the thunderstorms over the coming days may be quite strong, with gusty winds and hail. Models suggest the front will shift to our east on Saturday, with drier and cooler air settling-in. We’re forecasting lots of sunshine for Saturday and Sunday, with highs near 80-degrees.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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