Scattered thunderstorms and showers have started developing in areas east of I-65. If you hear thunder head for shelter as these cells are producing dangerous cloud to ground lightning. One storm near Alexander City has produced over 200 lightning strikes in the past 30 minutes. Additional storms will develop throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening. Some of these storms could pulse to the severe level, with the main threat being gusty straight-line winds. These storms will be slow movers so they will produce heavy rain totals.
We’ve shifted back into that classic summer-time mode. Over the coming days you can expect partly cloudy conditions, with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing after lunchtime. The heat remains a factor and this week it’s being driven by an increase in moisture. Highs will remain in the 90s, with heat indices at or above 100. A front will bring an increase in storm coverage by the weekend.
Tomorrow there are several fireworks celebrations throughout our area. You can visit our community sites at myfoxal.com to see what it happening near your home town. This forecast graphic shows a few noted fireworks celebrations. There will be a chance for a few isolated evening thunderstorms. This activity should be settling down with the loss of daytime heating. Temperatures by 9 PM will be tumbling into the low 80s. Fox 6 will bring you LIVE coverage of Thunder on the Mountain tomorrow night.
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt