MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Since the beginning of August, rain hasn’t been easy to come by. For Montgomery, we have seen barely any measurable rainfall since the beginning of the month, which is roughly 1.20″ below normal. Thankfully, our overall weather pattern is shifting towards a better coverage of both showers and thunderstorms, which mean our chance for wet weather is climbing this week!
If you haven’t received much, if any, rain over the last week or so, you are not allow and finally might be in luck... so far today, we have dealt with scattered shower and a few storms, but not enough for everyone.
If you are dry, you are hot... like really hot. Average highs for early August usually climb into the lower 90s, so we are used to some heat; combine temps in the mid/upper 90s with a bunch of humidity, and you have a recipe for heat index values that holding steady near 100-105°+!
Monday was our hottest day of the year thus far - officially, Montgomery reached 98 degrees. Interestingly, we reached 98 degrees or higher a whopping 34 times LAST year. Here’s hoping we do not repeat the brutally hot September and October of 2019!
A similar forecast is expected Tuesday with a 40% chance of showers and a few storms during the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will reach 96° with peak heat indices reaching 100-105 degrees. While not necessarily likely, a few showers and perhaps a storm could linger both Monday night and Tuesday night.
Wednesday begins the upward trend in rain coverage for the entirety of Central Alabama. Area-wide shower and storm chances will be running at 50% for Hump Day with similar highs in the mid-90s.
Thursday and Friday will bring the highest chances for widespread rain and thunderstorms. Both days feature a 60-70% chance as it looks now.
By the time we get to the end of the day Sunday, everyone will have picked up a healthy amount of rain. Some will have seen several inches of rainfall. This will certainly help alleviate some of the abnormally dry conditions across parts of the state.
With these higher rain chances, high temperatures will only hit the lower 90s later this week. Even on days with highs in the lower 90s, though, the maximum heat index will easily exceed 100 degrees.