Central AL Forecast: Friday Evening Storms. Hot with fewer storms this weekend

Tonight, will be mostly cloudy and muggy with some scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Patchy fog is also possible in areas that pick up some rain. Lows will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Weekend Forecast: The trough will finally move off the U.S. East Coast this weekend. The winds aloft will now come out of the northwest as an area of high pressure sits over the southern Plains States of Texas to New Mexico. One thing we will have to watch for are clusters of thunderstorms to develop across the Plains States and then they dive southeast toward Alabama. These storms could be strong to possibly severe IF they make the trek here.

Right now, I’m going with a partly cloudy Saturday with scattered storms popping up in the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to around 90°. Sunday will be a drier day as a weak back-door cold front moves across Alabama from the northeast. We will be partly cloudy, hot, and still humid with only a slight chance for a shower or storm. High temperatures will be around 90°.

Next Week Outlook: Another cold front will move across the area on Monday into Tuesday. It will make it partly cloudy but keep it hot. There could possibly be a shower or two, but most of you will finally be dry. It will be hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s and lows will be in the 70s. A reinforcing shot of drier air will move in on Wednesday into Thursday. This will lower the humidity and temperatures a little. Expect a mostly sunny sky with high temperatures in the upper 80s. Lows will be in the lower to mid 60s, so that will be refreshing. The humidity returns on Friday with a few showers and high temperatures back in the upper 80s.

Tropical Update: The global models are continuing to show a good chance of a tropical depression or tropical storm developing in the western Gulf of Mexico by the middle to end of next week. A low could develop in the Bay of Campeche and move north toward Mexico or Texas. The NHC is now highlighting the area for a low chance for development in the next 5 days.

Right now: It is still WAY too early to make a call on IF this low will form and where it could go. Models have been persistent the last few days, so this is something to watch. I’ll keep an eye on the models all weekend, so look for updates into early next week. This will likely be a weak system since it is early in June, but it will be a big rain producer for someone along the Gulf Coast IF it develops.

What should you do? Enjoy your weekend and the drier weather. However, check back for updates here and on CBS 42.

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