The rain and clouds helped keep the temperatures in check today with many areas reporting highs in the mid 80s compared with the triple digits. Tuscaloosa was our warmest location with a high of 98. We still have plenty of low level moisture present. I'm sure you have noticed the mugginess. This will make conditions ripe for some scattered thunderstorms this week - especially after 2pm when we reach the peak temperatures.
Take a look at today's impressive dewpoint trend. I often talk about the atmosphere becoming more and more uncomfortable when dewpoints reach over 65 degrees. Today they reached the mid 70s...yikes. That is truly air you can wear.
Our 4km Microcast is indicating some impressive heat tomorrow in West Alabama with highs around 100 in Tuscaloosa. It's also showing a pattern of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. These storms (while not widespread) will carry a microburst potential capable of producing winds over 60mph over a very small small area and short duration.
You can see what a microburst did near the DeKalb-Etowah County line Sunday afternoon. Tony Bearden provided this picture.
Right now - the 4th of July forecast is looking hot and muggy. Rain chances will be around 20% during the afternoon and early evening. Be aware of the lightning - there were over 3,500 cloud to ground lightning strikes in a 20 minute period of time this morning. In fact, three homes were reported to have been struck this morning with damage.
We'll keep you updated!
Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist