Amanda: Temperatures are on the rise again

Updated: Apr. 24, 2017 at 5:54 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It's not too often we say this about Alabama in April, but instead of talking about record heat or severe storms today we dealt with cloudy and cool conditions statewide. Not only did a few towns in our area fail to reach 70° this afternoon, but we were all also a good 10 degrees below average for this time of year in April. We can thank our weekend rain maker for keeping us cooler; cloud cover lingered for many through the afternoon, but as this system moves on out of the region, warmer and drier air will settle in, bringing us back to above average temperatures sooner than you might think...

Tonight: Clearing will likely start in western portions of the state first as an upper-level low is taking its time slowly moving away from our area, so eastern counties will likely hang on to cloud cover just a tad bit longer. By the time we wake up tomorrow morning, temperatures will have fallen back into the 50s.
 
Tuesday: By the start of our day tomorrow, we will see a complete 180 degree flip in our overall weather. Instead of being cloud and cool, we will wake up to cooler temperatures that quickly warm through the afternoon thanks to some sunshine. Winds will shift from the north to a more southerly flow, so that will help keep us warmer; highs climb back into the mid 80s, which compared to Monday's afternoon highs will be a good 10-15° warmer.

Midweek & Beyond: Sunshine continues in time for the day on Wednesday, so the number on the thermometer only gets hotter... highs are back into the upper 80s, and they look to get even warmer by the end of the week.

A surface low over the Plains will start to develop as part of a larger system by early Wednesday. As of right now, models disagree with the track of the surface low and its evolution as we head into Thursday. Showers and some isolated storms across the area look to be a good bet in time for the day on Thursday. The biggest question right now looks to be timing of the front as it moves through Alabama... this would impact how strong any potential storms could get. For now, we will keep the chance for severe weather on the very low end of the spectrum.

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After the system passes, temperature only get warmer... we could see a day or two where afternoon highs are flirting with the dreaded 90° mark. A few pop-up showers and storms are likely to happen due to the increase in moisture and the heat, but coverage won't be overwhelming.