First Alert: Warmer, then wetter later this week
Temperatures start to rise ahead of Thanksgiving on Thursday
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A lengthy period of below normal temperatures has dominated the Southeast as of late... both afternoon highs and early morning lows have been well below where they should be by November standards, but this week might be a bit different. Near normal temperatures are expected as we start the process of warming back up. Sunshine will be abundant at times, but there will be a good bit of cloud coverage, too; along with some extra moisture could come a couple of scattered showers.
A gradual warming trend begins Tuesday; temperatures will warm into the lower 60s. Upper 60s are then likely for Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day. Some neighborhoods will almost certainly top 70° once or twice this week, which is right on par with where end of November temperatures should be!
Highs will come back down a bit for Black Friday and the weekend. Upper 50s and lower 60s will be back thanks to the passage of a holiday cold front. Still, it won’t be as cold as the last week has been.
The overnights will also warm up nicely this week. No more freezing nights are in the forecast after this morning’s start in the 20s... lows will mainly be in the 40s and lower 50s through the upcoming weekend.
Unfortunately there will be some rain to contend with this week. Even more unfortunate is the timing...
Showers become possible late Thanksgiving and remain possible Thanksgiving night and throughout the day on Black Friday. Right now it looks like the window with the highest rain chances will be near sunset Thanksgiving through the end of the afternoon on Friday. This will obviously change and shift a bit as things become clearer, but that’s a good starting point for planning purposes.
The weekend should be drier, but there are some models that suggest another system and an associated rain chance for Saturday. Due to the disagreement among models the rain chance for the weekend will be capped at 30% for now. The majority of data suggest the rain chance will mainly be Saturday morning, which would be great news for the Iron Bowl. But, its too early to nail down the timing, so we encourage you to check back with us for updates through the week if you have outdoor plans.
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