Record heat likely over next several days

Rain chances stay low and fire danger increases

Will this month go down as the hottest September on record?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Yesterday, Montgomery tied the record high. Today, the record has already was shattered, and it happened before lunchtime! Quite literally, we will feel and sound like a broken record (pun intended)... tomorrow, the record could be tied or broken again, and this likely is the case Saturday, Sunday, Monday and beyond.

Today’s record high was 94°, originally set in 1954 and tied in 1984 and 2016. We hit 95° at 10:53 am, and as of right now our high for the day was 99°. More scorching heat is expected over the next several days...

Record-breaking heat the norm now through at least early next week...
Record-breaking heat the norm now through at least early next week... (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Any relief in the form of rain? Not much... a few isolated showers are on radar, but nothing widespread or beneficial will develop. This is unfortunate, because a new drought map was released today, and it doesn’t look good for Alabama.

Note: The U.S. Drought Monitor doesn’t do a great job of capturing “flash” droughts, like the one we’re in currently. Because of this, we’re going to use an additional dataset, the EDDI (Evaporation Demand Drought Index, produced by NASA) to create a map that better references our current “flash” drought situation (below), in addition to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Flash Drought Situation
Flash Drought Situation (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The ridge of high pressure will persist over the next several days, keeping temperatures near record-breaking status and rain chances extremely low. The fire danger is steadily increasing, and burn bans are in place. It would be smart to limit water usage and use caution with cigarette butts, dragging chains, and anything else that could potentially start a fire.

Some model data is hinting to cooler weather for the first weekend of October. Although not much stock can be put in guidance that far out, we’ll cross our fingers and keep a close eye on it.

Tropical Update: Hurricane Lorenzo is now a major category 4 hurricane with winds of 140 mph. Lorenzo will stay out in the Atlantic and is not a threat to the United States.

Tropical Storm Karen is a tropical storm with winds of 45 mph. It will loop around and start heading west, but will likely weaken into a remnant low or dissipate completely...

Future path of Tropical Storm Karen
Future path of Tropical Storm Karen (Source: WSFA 12 News)

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