Rain chances grow Thursday

Low-end risk for a couple of strong to severe storms across the area

Slightly warmer weather expected now through the weekend...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - There is only one day over the next week with a good shot at rain and thunderstorms, and that day is Thursday. Today was generally dry for Alabama, and we will continue to see very little rain over the next few hours. Later tonight, coverage of showers will grow out towards our west, increasing our chance for a few showers by morning; lows tonight will not be as cool as we have seen lately in the upper 60s.

As the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Beta move across northern Mississippi through early Friday, we will see our rain and thunderstorm chances rise substantially.

Expect showers and perhaps a storm late tonight close to sunrise Thursday, especially west of I-65. Throughout the morning and afternoon hours Thursday, plenty of moisture and flow from the Gulf of Mexico will combine with lift from Beta’s remnant low pressure to support scattered to numerous showers, downpours and thunderstorms.

Scattered to numerous showers, downpours and storms are likely Thursday.
Scattered to numerous showers, downpours and storms are likely Thursday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

With all of Central Alabama being in the warm sector of the system, the ingredients for a few stronger to marginally severe storms may come together.

The main hazards would be a couple of gusty to locally damaging wind gusts and a brief tornado or two across the region during the late morning, afternoon and early evening hours. Even without any storms, it’ll be a breezy day.

A very low risk for a couple of strong to severe storms exists Thursday.
A very low risk for a couple of strong to severe storms exists Thursday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

High temperatures will make a run at the lower 80s with very humid conditions expected.

As Beta’s remnant low pressure moves away, there may be just enough lift left across the Deep South Friday, Saturday and Sunday to fuel a few isolated showers and storms.

Rain and storm chances for Friday, Saturday and Sunday continue dropping.
Rain and storm chances for Friday, Saturday and Sunday continue dropping. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Those chances are running at roughly 20-30% Friday into this weekend. And the trend has been for those rain chances to get lower and lower.

So we would not worry about canceling outdoor plans. While there could be a couple of showers or storms each afternoon with the heating of the day, the chances are quite low.

A couple of showers and storms are possible this weekend, but most of us will stay dry.
A couple of showers and storms are possible this weekend, but most of us will stay dry. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Temperatures will be much more summer-like well into the 80s during the day and in the upper 60s at night.

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