Highs yesterday reached record levels in Tuscaloosa and Anniston. Today we expect more record threatening heat. Here are the stats for this first day of July: Anniston 102 (1931), Birmingham 103 (1931), and Tuscaloosa 103 (1931). Under the core of the high pressure ridge the temperature reached an all time record high of 106 in Atlanta.
We are waking up to some cloud cover this morning and there is a chance this could keep some areas closer to the 100-degree mark. The hottest areas will be over our eastern communities today, with highs nearing 105. There is an excessive heat warning in place for the entire area for the possibility of heat indices at or above 110. The good news is that we should see a downward trend in the highs next week, although increasingly humid conditions will make it feel like 100 at times.
We will have a chance for spotty showers and thunderstorms later today and overnight thanks to a surface trough. Some of the storms could be quite strong or severe, with gusty winds and frequent lightning. Look for this trend to continue through the 4th of July. Each day we will have partially cloudy skies developing, with a passing shower or storm during the afternoon or evening hours. Models suggest the coverage of afternoon storms should increase by next weekend as the high pressure ridge becomes more centered over the heart of the country. Our rain chances will rise to 30-40% next weekend.
Have a great Sunday, stay cool and be safe!
Fox 6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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