This is day number three of a heat wave that has settled into west, central, and east Alabama. Yesterday Tuscaloosa reached a blistering 103 degrees and the heat index topped 105. Today the extreme heat is back and the temperature has reached 100 in Tuscaloosa and Fayette. Temperatures have remained in the upper 90s along and east of I-65 but it still feels like 100 across the entire area. Here is a look at today’s record highs: Birmingham 101 (1931), Anniston 98 (1978), and Tuscaloosa 100 (1988). Some of these records may show 2012 by this time tomorrow.
The Tropical Storm Warnings have been canceled for Alabama’s Gulf Coast. That said, Debby continues to bring a threat of dangerous rip currents. Debby is expected to slowly move northwest towards the upper Florida peninsula. The system is now a bit weaker with maximum sustained wind of 45 mph.
Tomorrow a northeast wind will increase on the backside of the tropical low. Temperatures are expected to be a few degrees lower tomorrow so this should keep us below record territory. However, on Wednesday temperatures will be on the rise. Highs by the end of the week will be near 100, with heat index values at or above 105. Our only opportunity for rain at this point will be in the form of a stray afternoon shower or storm next weekend. Join us for more on Fox 6 news starting at 5 PM.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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