Weather Blog: Heat cranks up, storms could too

Weather Blog: Heat cranks up, storms could too

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Well, yesterday was a nice treat! Clouds and beneficial rains helped keep a lid on the hot air that has been stewing around Alabama this week. We'll go right back into the hot seat today as temperature ramp back up. While rain coverage today will be minimal, we're keeping an eye on trends as Friday rolls around. Heat and storms could be major players in our weather game by tomorrow...

TODAY: Morning clouds leftover from overnight rain have melted away in many cases. Now that the sun is out, we'll go back to our usual game of seeing how high the temps will go with a few storms mixing it up for some. Highs could get into the middle 90s with heat index values between 100-105 this afternoon.

We're bordering on Heat Advisory levels but may fall just shy. Afternoon convection will be much more limited today with only about a 30% chance of a passing shower or storm. Keep in mind, just because rain chances are low doesn't mean storms will be weak. A few robust cores could develop and may be strong.

FRIDAY: Tomorrow is looking more and more like a busy weather day around here. The first headline will no doubt be the heat. Temperatures will spike into the upper 90s to around 100 degrees in the afternoon. That will allow heat index values to go about 105 in a few spots, perhaps warranting heat headlines. That heat will play into what could be an organized line of thunderstorms diving southward later in the afternoon/evening. These complexes can be tough to forecast even only a day out in time. They're fickle and play by their own rules. But it appears the setup could be there for a line of strong to severe storms to spark a damaging wind threat later Friday. Obviously, timing of those storms is important. Late afternoon arrival would mean peak heating of the day for storms to use as fuel. Earlier storms would cut back on the heat, so everything tomorrow is interconnected.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area under a Slight risk for severe weather Friday. Damaging winds will be the main player should severe weather develop.

RELIEF! Behind those storms, a front passes through and drops our heat and humidity back to manageable levels into the weekend. Rain chances Saturday are low and appear to be near zero Sunday. Highs Sunday may not get out of the upper 80s!

The start of next week looks dry too as warmer air slowly kicks back in.

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