Our long stretch of hot, dry weather has officially ended. Good riddance! Scattered areas of rain will continue through the overnight hours, and the next several days look wet at times for Alabama. Rain coverage will stay elevated through at least the end of the weekend.
Friday, expect scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms to continue. The rain could be heavy at times, but with a dry ground we don’t expect significant, widespread flash flooding problems. A few claps of thunder, flashes of lightning and some gusty wind are possible in the most intense storm cores, but we don’t expect any widespread damaging weather.
Our two main long-range computer models indicate a widespread 2 to 4 inches of rainfall across Alabama through the next 7 days. This is quite a blessing for our farmers, as this dry weather was doing them no favors.
As for the weekend - the rain will be heavy at times, and each interval of rain could last for a few hours, but we do not expect an all-day rain. So, your outdoor plans should have a rain backup option, some patience, and some flexibility. If you are beach-bound, this rainy pattern will also affect your plans. You should also have a rain backup option and be flexible with your plans. It won’t rain all day, but big chunks of the day will probably be wet. And, some flash flooding is possible along the immediate Gulf Coast.