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First Alert: Heat builds, then storms possible Friday

A preview of Summer continues
First Alert: Strong storms possible Friday
Published: May. 3, 2022 at 4:36 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2022 at 9:07 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - No, it’s not here yet. But its close. Close enough to feel. What is “it”? The long, hot Alabama summer, of course. Temperatures and humidity levels will run higher than we’d like through Thursday; we’ll top out in the 87-93 degree range Wednesday and Thursday, with the humidity making it feel more uncomfortable.

The best chance for widespread lower 90s will be Thursday. If you’re keeping score at home, we have yet to reach 90° in Montgomery so far in 2022.

We're mainly dry thru Thursday, but rain and storms are likely as the week ends.
We're mainly dry thru Thursday, but rain and storms are likely as the week ends.(WSFA 12 News)

Things will change Thursday night and Friday as a cold front will push through...

That will bring an enhanced chance of showers and thunderstorms late Thursday night through Friday evening. Severe weather is possible, but this won’t be a big tornado day. There could be some storms capable of heavy rain, lightning, gusty to damaging winds, and hail to the size of quarters.

Lots of heat and humidity with a few chances for thunderstorms...
Lots of heat and humidity with a few chances for thunderstorms...(WSFA 12 News)

Most of the rain moves out for the weekend as a shot of drier air pushes in behind the front. There is, however, a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday due to some potential wraparound moisture behind our departing system.

Mother’s Day itself looks absolutely perfect with lower humidity, upper 80s and plentiful sunshine. That trend continues into next week!

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