MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Another day of record heat for central and south Alabama; Montgomery reached 99 degrees, shattering the old record of 96 degrees (1954). More record heat is likely over the next 7 days, at least, as a powerful upper ridge stays entrenched over the eastern half of the country. A strong ridge and a dry ground are, sadly, a perfect recipe for extreme heat.
A few isolated showers and thunderstorms have developed over east-central Alabama; the heaviest rain has fallen in parts of Barbour, Bullock, Russell, and southern Macon counties. Elsewhere, it’s been a mainly dry day with only a few isolated, brief showers.
More record highs are likely this weekend with highs in the upper 90s. An isolated shower or two is possible Saturday, then we’ll dry out by Sunday. Expect hot, dry weather for college football across the Southeast.
The ridge will continue to build by the second half of the weekend and keep us dry through most of next week. High temperatures will likely continue to break records during this time. There’s some evidence of a change to cooler weather in 8-10 days, but we’ll wait to see more evidence of that before getting our hopes too high.