FIRST ALERT UPDATE: Today we’ve been monitoring another band of rain and strong to severe storms over Mississippi. This stormy weather has struggled to shift east but we’re beginning to see some spotty heat activated storms out ahead of the main line. This threat of a pop-up storm or shower will continue in the short term. So in this summer-like environment, I would be sure to check the First Alert Weather app for nearby showers or storms before heading out the door. There is a slight to marginal risk for a severe storm capable of producing strong winds, hail, and frequent lightning. The greatest for a severe storm will be in areas west and southwest of Birmingham. We will be in the weather center keeping a close eye on the radar and if any storms look suspicious we will break in with updates on WBRC. We will continue to mention the chance for a passing shower or storm later tonight, with lows in the 60s.
SCATTERED STORMS TOMORROW: Tomorrow is going to be a steamy day and the forecast data suggest an increasing coverage of scattered downpours and storms in the afternoon. Once again, some storms could produce strong winds and hail. Of course cloud to ground lightning is always a concern with thunderstorms. If you’re attending the big Talladega race, keep an eye to the sky for a developing storm in the afternoon. This activity should begin to thin out tomorrow night. Highs will be in the low 80s but much like today the moisture is going to make it feel hotter. Lows will be in the middle 60s. Make sure you have your location set on the weather app so you can receive lightning alerts and special weather messages.
ANOTHER ROUND OF RAIN/THUNDER MONDAY: We will have one more chance for rain and storms on Monday before drier air arrives. This round may be more organized, in the form of another cluster of rain and storms. The greatest chance for rain Monday looks to be in the afternoon and overnight. There is a chance some smaller scale features could reduce the number of storms such as convection south of our area but I would factor a good possibility of rain and thunder in my plans for late Monday.
The rain on Monday will be followed by clearing and drier weather on Tuesday. There will be some cooler air lagging behind that will reach out state by Thursday and this will drop high temperatures in the 70s, with 40s in some areas by Friday morning. I will kicking off the news tonight with updates beginning at 9PM on WBRC. By the way, I want to send out a big thank you to all of our viewers for stopping by to say hello at WeatherFest 2016. We had another awesome event at the McWane Science Center with iHeart Radio. Have a great evening!
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt