Staying dry and warming up now through the weekend

No substantial rain or storm chances lay ahead, but heat will be the big headline!

Seasonable 1st day of May; we're cranking the heat up very soon!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Temperatures are about to go up, and in a big way across central and southern Alabama. A dominant area of high pressure will anchor itself overhead today before sliding to our east this weekend; this will effectively keep precipitation and even most cloud cover away from the area.

Today is sunny and seasonable with highs climbing close to either side of 80°... right on par with what is considered average for the first day of May.

By the weekend, mid/upper 80s will be easy to come by, and we see any showers in our forecast until at least early next week.

A Southeast ridge will keep dry, hot weather intact over the Southeast into next week.
A Southeast ridge will keep dry, hot weather intact over the Southeast into next week. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

While we aren’t expecting the heat to reach record-shattering levels, both Monday and Tuesday could feature high temperatures within a degree or two of the record for each day.

Hot temperatures around 90F are expected Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Hot temperatures around 90F are expected Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

And it’s not out of the realm of possibility that we do tie a record high with the current records of 93° on Monday and 92° on Tuesday.

While there is a 10-20% chance of a shower on both Monday and Tuesday, it’s looking increasingly likely that most of us stay entirely dry until Tuesday night and Wednesday. That’s when a cold front will slide from north to south across the state, possibly bringing a shower or thunderstorm with it.

Even those rain chances aren’t looking impressive... so it would be fair to say that many of us may not see a drop of rain over the next 7-10 days.

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