Midday Nowcast: Increasing clouds with a warming trend: The Alabama Weather Blog

The southerly flow is increasing over Alabama today, allowing for more cloud and the start of a warming trend. Temperatures this afternoon are in the 60s across much of Alabama, while some 70s are emerging in southern Alabama. Despite the clouds, most of us are staying dry today with the exception of a few isolated showers in northwest Alabama. The showers will increase on average overnight and into tomorrow across the country, but nothing particularly severe and really more of a nuisance. Tomorrow it will be mostly cloudy with highs around 70°.

RETURN OF STORMS: Some scattered showers are possible on Wednesday but most of the day should be dry and mild with afternoon temperatures reaching the low 70s. A cold front will drive a band of rain and thunderstorms into the state late Wednesday evening and into Thursday. For now, the SPC defined a “low risk” (Level 1/5) of severe storms for the northwest corner of the state Wednesday night. No part of Alabama is currently flagged as at risk for Thursday, but that could change in the coming days.

The main dynamics in this system will be north of Alabama, while marginal thermodynamics should limit the overall severe potential for Alabama, but should instability levels rise higher than now forecast, some risk of severe storms across Alabama may need to be introduced Thursday. We will mention that some stronger storms are possible and heavier rains are expected early Thursday morning as the front sweeps through the state. Rain levels of about an inch are expected. The rain and storms will be over by Thursday afternoon.

FRIDAY AND WEEKEND: Friday will be a mostly sunny, cooler day with highs in the 50s over northern Alabama and 60s in the south. Then the next weather system will bring more rain to Alabama over the weekend. Rainy periods are likely on Saturday and Sunday with highs in the 50’s. Light thunderstorms are possible, but severe storms are not to be feared.

BEACH FORECAST CENTER: Get the latest weather and up-to-date forecasts for beaches from Fort Morgan to Panama City on our Beach Forecast Center page. There you can select the forecast of the region you want to visit.

WORLD TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: In the last 24 hours, the highest observation outside the US was 117.1 F at Augrabies Falls, South Africa. The lowest observation was -80.1 F at Tongulah, Russia.

CONTINUOUS TEMPERATURE EXTREMES: In the last 24 hours, the highest observation was 84F at Falcon Lake, TX. The lowest observation was -6F at Saranac Lake, NY.

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