100 degrees in May? It’s never happened.

Updated: May. 21, 2019 at 10:51 AM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - So, there’s a good chance we’re going to hit 100 degrees this weekend. During the Summer months, no one would give that statement a second thought. But it’s not Summer. It’s May. And since records began in 1873, Montgomery has NEVER hit 100 degrees during the month of May. Ever.

The source of this heat is a strong ridge of high pressure that will park over Alabama for the next 7-10 days. Patterns and setups like this are notorious for creating hot and dry weather. The strength of the ridge of unusual for this time of year, supporting the notion that we may indeed hit the century mark.

Outside of that fabled 100 degree temperature, we’ll likely end up setting several daily records through the weekend. Here are the records for each day through Memorial Day Monday:

  • TUESDAY: 96 (1962)
  • WEDNESDAY: 96 (1962)
  • THURSDAY: 96 (1941)
  • FRIDAY: 96 (1996)
  • SATURDAY: 96 (1915)
  • SUNDAY: 97 (1916)
  • MONDAY: 99 (1916)

And here’s our seven-day forecast:


It’s worth noting, our seven-day could be considered conservative compared to some models. So there’s that. The ridge will be stubborn to break down, so there’s an argument we could still be flirting with records into the first half of next week. Also notorious in stretches like this? No rain. Indeed, our forecast calls for near zero rain over the course of the next seven to 10 days.

For some of you, it would be accurate to say you won’t see rain again until June.

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