One of our hottest days of the year is behind us; high temperatures Wednesday warmed into the mid and upper 90s. A few unofficial reports of 100 plus degree heat have trickled in from west Alabama. And, the rain was very sparse, meaning very few of us had any cooling relief from those isolated showers.
The heat will continue Thursday and Friday; we expect afternoon highs both days in the 92-97 degree range, with a few of the hotter locations making a run towards the triple digits again.
Isolated showers and storms will increase in coverage Thursday and Friday. Coverage will still be limited (20-30%), but the majority will be dry and hot. Again.
Highs drop back into the 90ish range by the weekend. Cooler? Technically, yes, but I doubt anyone will be celebrating in the streets. It will still feel rather hot!
But, I’m not all bad news - long range model guidance supports the idea of a major cold front with a round of rain and thunderstorms, followed by a change to much cooler weather.
FYI - The 56 degree reading for Saturday is for Saturday morning, not afternoon. Regardless, it’s likely that high temperatures will drop back into a much more comfortable range by late next week and into the weekend.
Josh Johnson, WSFA First Alert Chief Meteorologist