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FIRST ALERT: Expect fewer storms, dangerous heat levels the next few days


FIRST ALERT FOR EXTREME HEAT: We will enter a stretch of unseasonably hot weather over the next several days, which will involve highs in the mid to upper 90s, and feels-like temperatures topping 105º. I’d plan on limiting strenuous outdoor activities to the early morning hours. Some of the hottest weather is expected to impact our western counties and we may see some sort of heat advisory for these counties.

The peak temperatures will likely occur on Thursday and Friday so I’d have plenty of water iced down for those days. Check on friends and loved ones to ensure everyone has a cool shelter for the rising temperatures. Also, make sure the pets are well hydrated and have a cool shelter. It is possible we could see a few afternoon pop-up storms due to the extreme heat and some of the storms could be strong. The timing for any isolated storms will be after 2 p.m. The good news is that the high pressure ridge responsible for the hotter weather looks to weaken later in the weekend, so temperatures should return to seasonal levels.

REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT: It’s already feeling hot enough across our area, with feels-like temperatures in the 90s. This uncomfortable weather will linger into the evening, although some areas may have some relief due to pop-up storms. We will be on the lookout for more scattered strong storms and showers. These pop-ups will be heat driven so we should see gradual clearing tonight as temperatures fall. There may be a few more pockets of fog around in the morning, with lows in the muggy 70s.

STORM CHANCES INCREASE THIS WEEKEND: We will be tracking a disturbance this weekend that will move from east to west across south Alabama. This will likely bring an increase in the chance for storms beginning late Saturday, possibly lingering Saturday night. This should bring an end to the extreme heat. Scattered storms will be likely on Sunday and the higher than average rain chances will continue into the start of next week. This will keep highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. We will likely have a few strong storms in the mix, with frequent lightning, gusty winds, heavy rain, and possibly small hail.

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