The extremely hot bubble of air poised across the Midwest slowly expands eastward this week.
Daytime highs will range from the middle and upper 90s most places. A few spots could easily top the century mark in Alabama due to drought conditions helping in the warming process. A dry ground heats up more than a wet one.
We’ll likely see the National Weather Service in Birmingham issue a heat advisory for part if not all of the WBRC Fox 6 viewing area, starting on Thursday. The chance for heat relief in the form of showers and storms will range from 20% to 30% each afternoon.
The heat wave looks to persist through the weekend. We are talking about daily feels like temperatures in the 100°+ range for several hours.
Exposed to that kind of heat for a long duration can result in heat related illnesses. Take the necessary precautions if you have to be outside during peak heating.
A cool down in sight? Sort of! Data continues to suggest a system that will increase cloud cover and rain chances early next week which would limit the amount of warming possible. It still looks muggy and hot but not as hot. So maybe just a little bit more tolerable is the best we can forecast at this point in time.
Stay cool and hydrated,
Jill Gilardi WBRC First Alert Certified Meteorologist