First Alert: Summer gets an early start this week

Heat, humidity and scattered storms headline the forecast
Summery pattern all week long
Published: May. 9, 2023 at 5:39 AM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2023 at 9:16 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - It usually happens this way, doesn’t it? Alabama’s Summer is off to an early start; temperatures will consistently run above normal for the next seven to ten days. And we’ll go from bad to worse this weekend, with temperatures rising into the lower 90s for Saturday, Sunday and beyond. If you’re planning something outdoors for Mother’s Day, my advice is to find water, shade or both.

Middle and upper 80s will be around through Friday.
Middle and upper 80s will be around through Friday.(WSFA 12 News)

The daily heat and humidity will lead to a daily coverage of showers and thunderstorms. No one day looks like a complete washout, but the storms could be heavy at times. The chance of rain ranges from 40-50% Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Coverage should come down to 20-30% for Mother’s Day weekend.

Plenty of dry time will occur each day between any showers and storms. It’s also reasonable to say that some towns could go the entire week without seeing much, if any, rain or thunderstorms.

Humidity levels will remain noticeably high.
Humidity levels will remain noticeably high.(WSFA 12 News)

Most of what falls should come during the daylight hours given the summery pattern. It is possible a few showers and storms linger into the nighttime. No organized severe weather will occur in this type of pattern.

However, a strong storm here or there is possible given the heat and humidity. Just a heads up that heavy rain, lightning, gusty winds, and small hail are possible in the most intense storms this week!

Summery pattern is here to stay in Central and South Alabama.
Summery pattern is here to stay in Central and South Alabama.(WSFA 12 News)

By the weekend and start of next week the chance and coverage of any rain comes down to 20-30%. It will still be hot and humid with highs mostly in the lower 90s. Overnight lows will be warm all week long in the middle to even upper 60s thanks to the humidity and nighttime cloud cover.

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