BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –
Our hotter weather forecast remains right on track this afternoon as temperatures surge into the low 90s across the area. The heat index is ranging between 95º and 105º so the muggy air is having a significant impact on comfort levels.
The coverage of rain remains very limited, but a few isolated pop-up showers and storms will be possible through the early evening hours. We will be watching the radar closely as some storms may be strong, with frequent lightning and gusty winds. Be sure to check our weather app for possible lightning alerts.
The AC won’t catch much of break this evening, with temperatures in the 80s through 9 p.m. A code orange air quality alert will remain in effect for Jefferson and Shelby counties through the early evening.
FIRST ALERT FOR STORMS TOMORROW AND HOTTER WEATHER: Thursday and Friday will be two of our hottest days of the summer so far and there is a good chance we could see heat advisories. The most extreme heat will impact our western counties. Try to get an early start and avoid strenuous outdoor activities after 11 a.m. Highs will be surging into the mid to upper 90s, with feels-like temperatures as high as 107º west of I-65.
We will be watching for thunderstorm development to our north during the day and these storms will likely track south-southwest around the heat bubble. Some of the storms may be strong or severe tomorrow, with gusty winds and hail. The one good thing is that any rain would provide some heat relief. So be on the lookout for possible lightning alerts in the afternoon.
Friday will be another scorcher, with highs in the mid to upper 90s.
THE WEEKEND AND NEXT WEEK: The good news is the extreme heat levels will start to back off this weekend as the high pressure ridge weakens and a disturbance approaches. This will bring an increasing threat for afternoon storms and showers beginning on Saturday and continuing through the start of next week. Rain chances will jump up to 50% on Monday, with highs back in the upper 80s for most locations.
Check in with us this evening for more specifics and we will also have details on what is happening in the tropics, including the forecast for the beach.
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