MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A long, hot, dry stretch of weather is underway, and will continue for the next 5-7 days. We’ve *been* hot the past several days, but the heat is going up to another level. We’ll head for the mid to upper 90s this Saturday afternoon underneath a sunny sky, with upper 90s/100ish on Sunday. The risk of rain is close to zero.
If you’re beach-bound for the holiday weekend, expect hot, dry weather in places like Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, 30A and Panama City Beach. Afternoon temperatures will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s along the immediate coast, but the heat index values will be in the upper 90s. Water temperatures are in the upper 70s to lower 80s across the northern Gulf; the rip current risk is moderate on Saturday, then low on Sunday and Monday. Rain will not be an issue.
The pool and our beautiful area lakes and rivers will be popular spots, too - and the weather looks hot and dry across the board.
The strong upper ridge responsible for the hot, dry weather will throw down an anchor over the Southeast Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Each of those days will feature high temperatures in the 97-102 degree range across the southern half of Alabama.
The stout upper ridge causes the air to sink, which means two things - hot and dry. This pattern will last through at least the middle of next week; there are some signs that the pattern could start to break down by next weekend, but details on that remain a bit fuzzy at this point.
Bottom line - plan on hot, dry weather for Memorial Day Weekend...and beyond!