MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A clear, comfortable night is in progress across the state; we’ll bottom out in the upper 40s by sunrise Thursday. The cool start won’t last long, though; we’ll quickly warm into the upper 70s and lower 80s by afternoon.
Afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 80s will continue on Friday, Saturday and Sunday across all of Central and South Alabama. For perspective, our average highs this time of year are in the upper 60s.
You may continue to notice a slightly hazy, milky or smoky look to the sky over the next few days courtesy of smoke from both prescribed burns and wildfires across the Deep South. The smoke is lowering air quality to poor across parts of Alabama. Other than the possibility of a slightly “off” color to the sky, however, skies will be nice and sunny.
We’re still looking completely dry through Sunday as a ridge of high pressure remains anchored to our east. As a heads up, that means pollen and allergy concerns will only continue to worsen.
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.
Even if we do see rain, there likely won’t be much during that window.
Regardless of what happens Monday, it continues to look like the pattern will be more active throughout the week next week. There will be multiple chances for rain and some thunderstorm activity as well.
That bodes well for us because we have been unusually dry so far in 2021. This has led to “abnormally dry” and even “moderate drought” conditions developing and spreading across the area.
There are also signs that some strong to perhaps severe thunderstorms may materialize at some point next week depending on how exactly the system -- or systems -- wind up evolving. We’re watching!