Record heat this week, drought will worsen

Tuesday Afternoon Update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A persistent upper ridge will mean more hot, dry weather for Alabama in the days to come. We’ll mention the off chance of a shower or storm on a few days, but the chance is very low. And, even if it rains, it won’t be nearly heavy or widespread enough to really make a dent in this drought. Several record highs will be in jeopardy later this week and into the weekend.

High temperatures will threaten records
High temperatures will threaten records (Source: WSFA 12 News)

This hot, dry pattern will stay entrenched around here through at least the first week of October.

So, the drought will get worse. Wildfires will start and quickly expand, and the fire danger will steadily increase in the weeks to come. There are no formal water conservation orders or burn bans in place, but, I will unofficially advise you to conserve water, adjust your lawn watering schedule to reduce water usage, and *be very, very careful with cigarette butts, dragging chains, and/or anything else that could potentially start a fire along a roadway. And, if you don’t have to burn, don’t do it.

There are three tropical systems - Jerry, Karen and Lorenzo - that we are watching. Jerry and Lorenzo will certainly not threaten the United States, and Karen probably won’t, either.

If you know a good rain dance, now’s the time.

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