We’re getting warmer...

Highs in the 70s don’t last long... we’ll be pushing 80-85⁰ Thursday-Monday

Could we be 20°+ warmer than normal soon?! It looks likely...

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - You may notice a hazy, milky or smoky look to the sky over the next few days - that is smoke from both prescribed and not prescribed burns across the Deep South. The smoke is lowering air quality to poor and even unhealthy in East Alabama, which means you should limit your time outdoors, especially if you fall under the “sensitive groups” category.

After reaching the lower to middle 70s again today, we’re heading for the upper 70s on Wednesday. Then it’s full steam ahead for highs in the 80s!

Remains warmer than normal, but rain does look to return next week...
Remains warmer than normal, but rain does look to return next week... (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Highs will be at or above the 80-degree mark Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday across all of Central Alabama! For perspective, our average highs this time of year are in the upper 60s to around 70.

Rain chances are still non-existent through Sunday with a ridge of high pressure remaining anchored to our east. By the end of the day Sunday, though, a system will begin approaching the Alabama state line from the west.

That will provide us with a chance of showers and perhaps a thunderstorm late Sunday night into Monday. It isn’t set in stone that we will see rain at that time quite yet as some forecast models indicate the best rain chances may hold off until Monday night and beyond.

Total potential rainfall over the next 10 days.
Total potential rainfall over the next 10 days. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

No matter when the highest rain chances may set up, it does look like the pattern becomes more active heading into next week.

There are also signs that some strong to perhaps severe thunderstorms may materialize into next week depending on how exactly the system -- or systems -- end up evolving.

The latest Drought Monitor update.
The latest Drought Monitor update. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Regardless of all of that, the unusually dry stretch of weather in what is typically our wettest month of the year will continue for several more days.

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