MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - We have been waiting so patiently across Alabama even though the calendar says we are in a new season, Mother Nature has provided us with several days of record-breaking heat when all we really want are some fall-like conditions. Well, I can officially confirm the saying "good things come to those who wait" is true, because we are finally getting the cool-down we want (and lets face it, deserve!!). So... when does it arrive?
Today: Okay - so the cooler/drier air isn't quite near our region yet, but it will be. Until then we are going to be dealing with another round of hot temperatures and scattered rain. A few showers and some isolated storms are possible, but not everyone will be lucky enough to see those today. The main inhibitor for thunderstorm development this afternoon will likely be the presence of some low-level drier air... air aloft will likely mix through the atmosphere (like we saw this weekend) and inhibit convection. Coverage at best today is around 30 percent.
Otherwise we are partly cloudy, so by this afternoon highs will climb back into the low/mid 90s. For reference, the record high temperature for this date is 94° - we are also forecasting 94°. We would be flirting with another record today, but that all changes by tomorrow.
Transformation Tuesday: At least one more day of unseasonably warm temperatures are likely, but then a cold front arrives and changes everything. Most computer models are on board with the slow, southerly progression of a frontal boundary that is now just knocking on the door of Tennessee. The front is projected to stall out near the I-20 corridor early Tuesday morning and will push through the area slowly as the day progresses. Along the boundary a few showers/storms are possible again. Once the front clears our area, the real fall-like temperatures finally arrive.
Wonderful Wednesday: Behind the front, drier and cooler air will settle into the state. Sunshine will be dominant, and highs will be significantly cooler in the low/mid 80s starting Wednesday and lasting through the weekend. In case you forgot what fall in Alabama actually feel like, this will be a pleasant reminder!!
By Wednesday night we could see some really cool temperatures filter into the area; overnight lows look to drop back into the 50s. Dry air will be plentiful with dewpoints in the 40s, so radiational cooling will be likely with a clear sky during the evenings.