MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - If you could sketch up an "average" July day in Alabama, it'd look an awful lot like today. We'll play the usual July card Monday with very little in the way of anything unusual popping up in our forecast all week.
TODAY: So what's an "average" July day? Highs in the lower 90s with isolated storms developing into the afternoon. And that's exactly what our Monday forecast calls for.
Lower 90s highs should give us a heat index up to about 100 degrees before the storms start getting involved. Saturday and Sunday featured fairly widespread coverage of heavy downpours. I hesitate to use the word widespread today, with coverage likely being a bit less than our weekend. Still, expect storms to develop and slowly propagate to the northeast. Storms should initially favor south Alabama before central Alabama gets involved later this afternoon.
While storms won't be as numerous, they could be just as intense as our weekend round. Isolated strong to even marginally severe cells will be possible with gusty winds, small hail and frequent lightning.
REST OF THE WEEK: The same general recipe for isolated mainly afternoon thunderstorms hangs on all week long. Temperatures will climb from the lower 90s into the middle 90s by late week, with perhaps a few upper 90s by the weekend. Long range guidance suggest heat will build further into next week, so we'll have to keep a close eye on that.