MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - What is historically a dry month for Alabama is starting to generate increasing drought concerns. It's been weeks since many of us have seen rain, and with no rain in the forecast for the next week ahead, the forecast for drought improvement is not promising...
TODAY: After a rather cool start to our Monday morning, temperatures are warming nicely under sunny skies. Temperatures will climb into the lower 80s across the Montgomery area, slightly cooler than the last few days. We won't be as breezy as the weekend either, and the lack of wind will help keep Red Flag Warnings out of the picture. Still, burning is not the best idea given how dry things are.
DROUGHT STATUS: Only parts of south Alabama are out of dry/drought issues at the moment. Severe to Extreme drought conditions are in place east of Montgomery with Auburn/Opelika getting in on the worst of it. The pattern remains dry for the next 7 days, but truthfully there is plenty of suggestion the rain-free stretch will go beyond that.
For those of you who rely on rain water, understand that we do not expect rain to benefit the region anytime soon. Make water-related decisions accordingly and expect drought conditions to worsen.
Temperatures will remain near normal for mid October through Wednesday before a warming trend kicks in. Highs could flirt with 90 degrees by Friday, a solid 10 degrees above normal for this time of year.