Alabama faces long stretch of dry weather

Less humidity, more comfortable - but a long time without rain!
Hardly any rain in the forecast
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 4:39 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2022 at 9:39 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It feels entirely different thanks to the passage of a fall cold front yesterday. The humidity much lower than before and temperatures this morning dropped down into upper 50s and 60s! It’s mostly clear and beautiful all across Alabama with tons of sun and just a few fair weather clouds; the lower humidity, sunshine and lack of rain will stick around through the upcoming weekend and beyond.

Highs easily climbed into low and mid 80s today, but they start to creep back into the upper 80s for the rest of the workweek and upcoming weekend. Some lower 90s will be possible thanks to the abundance of sunshine and drier air that will be in place.

Those kinds of temperatures may not exactly scream “fall” but it’s the lack of humidity and cooler overnights in the 60s that will be fall-like, not afternoon high temperatures.

Sunny and dry for the next 7 days!
Sunny and dry for the next 7 days!(WSFA 12 News)

Even with highs pushing 90 degrees, the lower humidity will help make it feel like a comfortable heat. A dry heat, if you will. The humidity values do slowly creep up late this week and this weekend, which will allow some afternoon clouds to develop. It will go from sunny to partly cloudy heading into the weekend.

Even so, there won’t be any rain or storms anywhere in the area...

You will probably at least notice the uptick in humidity for the weekend and next week, but it will be a far cry from the classic summertime humidity that Alabama sees.

Total rain estimates over the next 10 days show virtually no rain chances for Alabama.
Total rain estimates over the next 10 days show virtually no rain chances for Alabama.(WSFA 12 News)

Looking farther into the future, there really isn’t a legitimate chance of rain for central Alabama through next week. According to long-range models, total rainfall estimates through September 23rd are at or just above zero.

Any sort of drought or fire concerns should remain very low since the summer has been wet. It would be surprising to see anything more than “abnormally dry” conditions show up on the Drought Monitor by the middle of next week. That said, the heat could increase if we continue down this dry road. We’ll be watching.

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