MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Despite the sunny start today, storms are still in our near and extended forecast. A cold front and and upper-level low remain just to our north over the Tennessee Valley. Both will remain nearby over the next couple of days to keep our afternoons and evenings unsettled for the next few days. As temperatures climb through the day expect cloud cover to gradually increase. Today's high temperature will be in the mid 90s for most area, some areas in south Alabama will get into the upper 90s.
Heating through the day will likely produce a few storms this afternoon. Not everyone will see rain with the storms being scattered in nature. But areas with storm development may deal with heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, and small hail. The window of opportunity for shower and thunderstorm development will be between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. If outflow boundaries develop that will extend rain activity deeper into the night.
Rain chances will decline slightly beginning Tuesday as the upper level low drifts out of our area. We still run a decent 30% rain threat through the remainder of the workweek thanks to daytime heating producing storms each afternoon. Temperatures will remain a concern with both the GFS (American) ECMWF (European) forecasting models showing impressive upper-level ridging controlling the Deep south region over the next week. If this verifies then we're in for more days of sunny morning, stifling temperatures, and a few thunderstorms during the back half of the day.