MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The great philosopher, I think her name was Britney Spears, once said - oops, I did it again. Well, Montgomery pulled a Britney today - we set a record high for the date again, hitting 101 degrees. The old record was 100 degrees, set in 1925 and 2010. A few isolated pockets of rain helped cool a few lucky souls down, but most of us were just dry and hot.
Let’s talk about relief from this heat! A weak frontal boundary is sinking through our area tonight. This “backdoor” cold front will deliver a temporary shot of cooler, less muggy air. Temperatures may not leave the 80s tomorrow, especially for those east of I-65. For western counties, a lone shower is possible as the front continues to push west, and temperatures will probably top out near 90 degrees. We’ll drop into the low to mid 60s by sunrise Friday.
Comfortable mornings in the 60s and afternoons in the upper 80s and low 90s will linger through the first half of the weekend.
By Sunday, the surface high pressure will weaken and allow our temperatures to warm again. Hot, dry weather will likely dominate next week, with temperatures returning into the mid to upper 90s for much of next week. That’s bad news, and means our drought situation will worsen considerably over the next couple of weeks.
The Tropics are active! Tropical Depression Imelda is soaking parts of Texas, creating a flood risk there. Hurricane Humberto is a major category 3 hurricane that will pass just north of Bermuda.
Tropical Storm Jerry will likely strengthen into a hurricane as it moves towards the northern Leeward Islands. Right now its forecast cone keeps it mostly north of the islands, east of the Bahamas and off the coast of the southeastern United States, but we’ll keep a close eye on it.
The National Hurricane Center is also watching two systems in the Atlantic - one in the central Caribbean and another in the western Atlantic - but, both have a low chance of developing over the next 5 days.