Hot, dry work week in progress
Small rain chance returns by the weekend
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - We officially hit 90 degrees yesterday, so it’s fair to say the 90s are back in town. They are going absolutely nowhere this week as a strong area of high pressure keeps us dry and unseasonably hot for late May.
Highs each day will range from 90 to 96 depending on the day and your exact location. We will say that models have backed off just a touch on the extent of the heat over the next week; we’re no longer looking at record highs, but 90s are 90s.
Some other good news about the heat is that humidity will stay tolerably low. Dew points will be in the 50s to lower 60s, so it won’t really feel hotter than it actually is. In other words, we aren’t talking those dreaded mid-summer heat indices in the upper 90s and 100s.
The low humidity, sunshine, hot temperatures, and calm wind speeds that we’re expecting all week will lead to two potential issues...
First, we will have to watch for air quality concerns each day due to the air being stagnant each day. Secondly, we will likely see a return to unusually dry soil conditions as we progress through the week. You’ll definitely need to keep up with watering the yard, lawn and/or garden!
As we head into Memorial Day weekend, it looks like we could squeeze out a few isolated showers and thunderstorms each afternoon. By no means is it going to be a washout, but we’ve put a 30% chance of rain in the forecast for both Saturday and Sunday as our moisture increases.
We would not worry about your outdoor plans for the holiday weekend. Even if a few isolated showers and storms dot the radar, we aren’t expecting any heavy thunderstorms or severe weather.
A chance of isolated to perhaps scattered showers and storms will continue into next week as well, but widespread rain is not in the cards as it looks now.
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