It's Halloween and we're likely to see again record-breaking temperatures. It isn't a trick when I tell you the forecast high temperature today is 89 degrees. The record high for today is 87 degrees. The last time we saw temperatures this extreme this time of year was back in 1984.
Big Changes Coming: We have a powerful cold front set to arrive this week and it will bring a major change in temperatures (at least temporarily). The bad news is the front will produce little rainfall. The front will arrive on Thursday and we would see a few isolated showers. Rain chances will be less than 20-percent much like the last several fronts. One of those situations where we see rain to the west and it just "magically" disappears once it arrives in Alabama. The front is projected to be just to our west on Thursday morning.
Expect clouds to increase on Thursday as the front tracks across the area. Highs will reach the upper 70s to around 80 degrees. By late Thursday night, expect clearing skies, breezy conditions, and a good dose of cooler air. High pressure will build across the area Friday and hold firm through the weekend. Expect temperatures to reach the mid 70s Friday afternoon.
Weekend Forecast: If you have outdoor plans this weekend, the weather will be perfect. You will likely need a light jacket during the morning hours with lows in the mid 40s. Temperatures during the afternoon will reach the lower to mid 70s both for Saturday and Sunday.
What about significant rainfall? That's the question everyone is asking. It has been over 40 days since most of us have received any measurable rainfall. It is possible we could see some rainfall around November 9th and 10th. It is too early to say how much, but I certainly don't see a drought-busting rain setting up anytime soon. We'll keep you updated on any changes in the forecast.
Have a great Monday and Happy Halloween!
WBRC First Alert Chief Meteorologist