Weather Blog: Hot air, strong storms

Weather Blog: Hot air, strong storms

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's only mid June. Just remember that before you read about how hot it's going to be today. Indeed, our forecast calls for numbers more in line with the heart of July and August. But it appears we're getting a head start on our hottest stretch of the year. While heat & humidity will no doubt be a major headline, we're also anticipating decent thunderstorm coverage into the afternoon. And all that heat/humidity will help fuel a few stronger storms later today...

TODAY: As I sit and type this, the current 10 a.m. temperature in Montgomery is 89 degrees (with a dew point of 73 degrees). That gives you a heat index of a whopping 97 at 10 a.m. It feels like 103 in Alex City. We'll be close to Heat Advisory criteria today (we need to feel like 105+). The National Weather Service will be keeping an eye on trends, but don't be shocked if you see a few advisories issued.

Expect temperatures to climb into the middle and even upper 90s with heat index values between 100-105. A few spots could even be a few ticks above 105. Our saving grace...for some...will come in the form of healthy afternoon thunderstorm development.

A piece of upper level energy will help initiate scattered storms later today, especially across the western half of Alabama. Plentiful fuel will help a few of those storms become strong to even briefly severe today. Gusty winds, small hail & very heavy rain will be possible with the most intense cores. These are "pulse" thunderstorms, which tend to quickly pop up and die down over a short life cycle. But they don't move while that cycle is relatively brief, it can still result in a local deluge with minor flooding. Expect most of the activity that develops to slowly fizzle out after dark.

REST OF THE WEEK: The threat for more beneficial rain sticks with us through midweek, tapering some late week. We'll stay hot and humid with another jump in temperatures expected toward the end of the week. The trends I'm seeing support highs in the upper 90s by Friday, so based off air temperature alone Friday may be the warmest of the bunch.

Cooler and less humid air settles in just in time for the weekend. This should allow for a generally dry Saturday and Sunday as we get a brief reprieve from the sweltering heat.

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