MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Just. Brutal. Montgomery reached 101 degrees today; that was not only a new record high for the date, but it was also the hottest October temperature on record for the Capital City. Records here date back to 1972, so that means there have been 4,572 October days recorded. Today’s heat ranks number one on that list.
Expect more record-breaking heat over the next few days, as the upper ridge stays parked overhead. Temperatures will skyrocket into the 95-100 degree range each day, and more records will fall. Rain, like today, will be spotty at best, the overwhelming majority of us will just be dry and hot. The drought will worsen, and the risk of wildfires and grass fires along the highways will stay elevated.
The pattern starts to change by Sunday and Monday, as the upper ridge weakens. This will allow temperatures to drop into the upper 80s and lower 90s for highs - still very warm, but a nice drop from our current position.
Then, a cold front swings through by the middle of next week, which will usher in even cooler weather. A few scattered showers will accompany the front, but it won’t be the widespread, all day soaking rain that we so desperately need.