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Hot, dry work week in progress

Small rain chance returns by the weekend
Updated: May. 24, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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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 will be in the 90s all week.
Highs will be in the 90s all week.(WSFA 12 News)

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.

Dew points will stay comfortably low this week despite the heat.
Dew points will stay comfortably low this week despite the heat.(WSFA 12 News)

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.

With the heat, sunshine, low humidity, and stagnant air, we will have some air quality issues...
With the heat, sunshine, low humidity, and stagnant air, we will have some air quality issues this week.(WSFA 12 News)

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.

Rain chances exist from this weekend into next week.
Rain chances exist from this weekend into next week.(WSFA 12 News)

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