Hotter temps today, strong storms tomorrow

Some of the storms tomorrow could be severe
Hot and humid today, but very little rain... we're looking ahead to storms returning for many soon!
Published: Jul. 20, 2022 at 4:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2022 at 10:35 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - After another trademark July day with heat and humidity, our attention turns to Thursday’s storm setup. It appears probable that a morning line of storms will fizzle out just before reaching us; this will likely generate a leftover outflow boundary that will kick off more storms in the afternoon and evening. With a ton of heat and energy in the atmosphere, some of these storms could be intense with damaging wind gusts, some small hail, isolated flash flooding and dangerous lightning.

Storms are likely Thursday afternoon.
Storms are likely Thursday afternoon.(WSFA 12 News)

The greatest risk of severe weather is over the northern two-thirds of Alabama, as seen in the map below.

Strong to severe storms are possible Thursday.
Strong to severe storms are possible Thursday.(WSFA 12 News)

Friday will likely be free of any severe weather, but the coverage of rain will be pretty high around 60%.

Some positive news is that the weekend’s rain chances are looking pretty low, just like this past weekend. Only a 20% to 30% chance of rain at best exists both afternoons with lower to middle 90s.

Partly cloudy skies with just a few isolated pop-ups this weekend.
Partly cloudy skies with just a few isolated pop-ups this weekend.(WSFA 12 News)

Each afternoon will feel like it’s in the lower 100s when the tropical humidity levels are factored in... to account for potential heat indices approaching 105 degrees today and tomorrow, a Heat Advisory has been issued for many counties in central Alabama.

The mugginess will also keep overnight lows up a bit. Most nights will be spent near or just above 75 degrees. That provides little in the way of relief from the heat during the coolest part of the day.

Better shower and storms chances are in the forecast Thursday afternoon and early evening...
Better shower and storms chances are in the forecast Thursday afternoon and early evening...(WSFA 12 News)

Isolated to scattered rain and thunderstorms return to the forecast next week with high temperatures mainly in the middle 90s depending on rain and cloud cover.

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