Despite some record-breaking high temperatures today, it looks like we will avoid severe weather. Our forecast was never really indicating a chance of severe storms. However, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK popped a Slight Risk this morning because of the increased instability across the state. The upper-level temperatures and the unidirectional shear (speed shear instead of directional shear) led to very few thunderstorms developing and mainly just periods of heavy rain.
Temperatures were close to records in Birmingham and Anniston while Tuscaloosa broke a record reaching 80 degrees today.
For tonight, we can expect the rain to continue with temperatures holding in the mid 60s. The best chance of stronger storms will remain to our north and west. It's possible we could see an isolated strong storm, but that would be exception rather than the rule.
The rain will continue overnight and again tomorrow. Temperatures will fall through the day Friday with highs being reaching before noon. Temperatures during the afternoon will fall into the 50s with widespread rain and a few isolated thunderstorms.
We'll keep you updated.
Fox 6 Chief Meteorologist