We shattered several long standing records today with morning lows in the 50s. The low temperature in Montgomery was 59º and this tied the all time record low for the month of July. Here is a list of new record lows along with the old record temperatures:
- Anniston 54 (61/1903)
- Birmingham 57 (61/1994)
- Tuscaloosa 57 (61/1969)
- Montgomery 59 (66/1889)
While the weather is unusually cool for this time of the year this is actually the 4th time since 2000 that highs have only reach the mid to upper 80s on the 30th of July. The setup however is quite unique with a cold front that managed to dive as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. Most of the time these fronts stall before reaching us or they simply dissipate in the summer. The stronger north flow has pushed the deeper tropical moisture well south of here, so dry weather has been the story this week. Clouds associated with a disturbance to our northwest will be sliding southeast this evening and this will bring us a partly to mostly cloudy sky tonight. It is possible temperatures could drop to near record lows in parts of our area tonight. The record low for Tuscaloosa stands at 62º and in Anniston 60º. Right now we are forecasting an average low of 62º and clouds will play a role in the cooling process overnight.
MORE CLOUDS TOMORROW/RAIN CHANCES RETURN FRIDAY: More clouds are expecting to move in from the west tomorrow so we’re forecasting a partly to mostly cloudy sky. Our dew point, which is an excellent gauge of the moisture in the air, is extremely low today. This level will be on the rise tomorrow with 50º dew points today rising into the 60s tomorrow. This drier air has made it feel very comfortable but the rising dew points will make it feel more humid in the days ahead. This moisture will help fuel a few scattered showers and possibly and thunderstorm on Friday as temperatures rise into the mid 80s.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: One of the big weather highlights heading into the weekend will be the noticeable increase in the humidity across the area. An upper level trough will remain over the region so this feature coupled with daytime heating with spark scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. For now this does not look like a setup that will bring any long duration-soaking rain but a setup that could bring a passing downpour. We will have plenty more details on the weekend forecast and what is ahead in our updated 7-day on Fox6.
TROPICAL UPDATE: While it appeared the disturbance over the Atlantic was growing into a tropical cyclone, the system has become poorly organized. The National Hurricane Center has reduced the probability of development to 50%. A couple of days ago one of our medium range models was showing a well organized tropical system over the western Atlantic in about eight days. However, that system has since disappeared from the data set. We will continue to monitor the disturbance closely but no worries for now if you have plans to travel to the Gulf Coast this weekend. There will be a chance for a few scattered showers and thunderstorms this weekend.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt