MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Dangerous heat and scattered storms dominated Friday’s forecast. More of this is in store for the weekend.
This weekend’s temperatures will be nothing short of oppressive. Highs will soar into the mid 90s, but “feels like” temperatures will be at or above 105°. Temperatures this hot could result in heat stroke or heat exhaustion, so a Heat Advisory has been issued until 9pm Sunday night. If outdoors at all this weekend, it’s best to limit your time outside to the early morning and evening hours. Remember to take frequent breaks inside or in the shade, and stay hydrated. Outdoor pets may need special attention, as this heat can be dangerous to them, too.
Now that we have talked heat, lets talk relief! This muggy and hot air will fuel afternoon and evening thunderstorms. One or two of these could be strong to severe with damaging winds, frequent lightning and blinding rainfall. Rain chances are slightly higher Saturday than Sunday.
A secondary surge of hotter air will arrive early next week. Highs will trend into the upper 90s and dew points will remain very high. This combination will almost certainly put us back in Heat Advisory territory, and there’s an argument to be made our heat index could surge beyond 105 and closer to 110°.
The newest data we are tracking shows signs of some relief: growing confidence in higher rain chances by Wednesday of next week could help cool us off a bit and bring some beneficial rain our area. We will be watching...