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Brutal heat next week?

We’ll stay dry and see plenty of sun
Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 9:29 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Get ready for an extended stretch of quiet and toasty weather here in Central Alabama. With the exception of a few rogue showers today, we likely don’t have any measurable rainfall in the forecast for at least the next 7-10 days... that’s because a strong ridge of high pressure will be anchored just to our east for the foreseeable future.

That will result in dry weather as it keeps all precipitation to our west. It will also result in increasingly hotter temperatures for everyone in the state.

Heavy rain is expected across Louisiana and Texas, but we aren't expecting any rain in Alabama.
Heavy rain is expected across Louisiana and Texas, but we aren't expecting any rain in Alabama.(WSFA 12 News)

Besides today, every day in the forecast features mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. Today will be cloudier for sure, but we will still see a few peeks of sunshine from time to time. There is a little bit of light rain in west Alabama expected now through the afternoon, but coverage is not overwhelming. There could be a couple of small, isolated showers later today, but most will stay dry.

It will be a little breezy for much of the week. Sustained wind speeds of 10-15 mph with gusts of 15-25 mph are in the cards tomorrow and again Thursday. Other than that, there’s really nothing to nitpick this week.

Temperatures will head from the middle 80s through Thursday to the upper 80s for Friday. By the weekend we’re looking at highs in the 90s for just about everyone. That kind of heat will continue through next week.

Temperatures head for the 90s by the weekend.
Temperatures head for the 90s by the weekend.(WSFA 12 News)

We’ll probably be in the mid-90s a few times based on the latest forecast model trends. If we do get to the mid-90s, we will be threatening record highs -- some that have stood for many years.

The good news is we aren’t expecting the humidity to really rise much. Dew points will stay in the 50s to lower 60s, so the heat won’t be paired with muggy conditions. That means no triple digit heat index concerns - for now.

Record heat is expected heading into early next week.
Record heat is expected heading into early next week.(WSFA 12 News)

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