So far it has been a very rainy Thursday for areas west of I-65. Now the rain is starting to shift into northeastern sections of state. At 12:15 we were picking up a heavy downpour over Rainbow City. As for areas southeast of Birmingham, it has been cloudy with little to no rain. That should change as additional rain bands develop during the afternoon. A few thunderstorms may also develop later today.
The good news is that temperatures will remain below average, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. The warmest readings will be in areas east and southeast of Birmingham. Highs in places like Sylacauga, Munford, and Rockford could peak near 86 degrees.
Clouds and rain should linger through tonight, with showers and thunderstorms becoming more scattered tomorrow. We could also see a few peaks of sunshine tomorrow, with highs nearing 89.
You can expect a classic summer-time setup for the weekend and the first half of next week. Early morning low clouds should give way to some sunshine. In the afternoon we expect partly cloudy skies to develop along with hit or miss showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be quite strong, with gusty straight line winds. Highs will be reaching the 90s, with heat indices near 100.
J-P will have our next live update at 5:00 PM. He will be visiting the Shelby County Safety Expo in Columbiana. This will be at the Exhibition Center from 1-8 PM.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt