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First Alert: Big heat for the rest of the work week

Weekend rain chances trending higher
Near-record heat this week
Published: May. 17, 2022 at 4:38 AM CDT|Updated: May. 17, 2022 at 4:33 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The big story for Wednesday through Friday - the HEAT! Temperatures will skyrocket into the mid and upper 90s across most of our area Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. While the official forecast stays just below existing records, it will be a close call. If there’s a silver lining, its that the humidity will be noticeably lower than it is in July and August. So, as the saying goes - it’s a dry heat.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will flirt with record heat.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will flirt with record heat.(WSFA 12 News)

The increase in heat will be a result of dry conditions and a good helping of sunshine.

With a forecast of 95° or 96 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will threaten those day’s all-time record highs in Montgomery. The record for those days is 97 degrees.

In case you’re wondering, those records were all set 60 years ago in 1962!

Since the humidity won’t be overly high, there won’t be much of a heat index concern. The “feels like” values will be a degree or two above the actual temperatures. At least that’s a positive about this kind of heat in May, right?

The heat relaxes this weekend as a result of an influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. That will add more humidity to the air, but it also brings an increase in the coverage of showers and storms.

Quiet weather for the rest of the workweek.
Quiet weather for the rest of the workweek.(WSFA 12 News)

It won’t rain everywhere or all weekend, but several intervals of wet weather are likely both weekend days. If you have outdoor plans, you don’t have to cancel, but you must have a rain backup plan that you can quickly implement if necessary.

A chance of showers and storms continues into next week with moisture levels staying high enough to keep wet weather a possibility.

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