First Alert: Rain/storms overnight, lower coverage Friday

Most days over the next week will feature low coverage of showers and storms
First Alert 12: See when rain and storms diminish tonight. Plus, the latest outlook for Friday and the weekend.
Published: May. 18, 2023 at 5:34 AM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2023 at 9:53 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Widely scattered showers and storms have sprung up across the region again this afternoon and will linger through this evening. A few of the storms could pack a punch, with heavy rain, plenty of lightning and gusty winds all possible.

Skies remain partly cloudy tonight and lows will be mild in the 60s and 70s region wide. Rain will diminish in coverage as we move through the night, with patchy fog possible in some locations.

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Temperatures will become more seasonable starting Friday and that trend will remain in the forecast for the better part of the next week. Afternoon highs Friday will only climb into the low and mid 80s, and that is near (if not a few degrees cooler) than normal for the middle of May.

Low temperatures will also take a slight step back into the lower and middle 60s beginning Saturday night. With many locations forecast to fall below the 65° mark a few nights, once we move into next week.

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While Friday is trending lower when it comes to rain chances, by Saturday a cold front will bring more scattered to widespread showers and storms for the start of the weekend. A couple of stronger storms could occur with that system, thanks to sufficient amounts of instability and moisture ahead of the frontal boundary.

Behind the front, the forecast is looking a bit drier and a little less humid. Right now, we’re thinking mostly dry weather for Sunday and the first several days of next week with temperatures topping out in the lower to perhaps middle 80s and overnight lows in the 60s.

Moving into midweek next week, rain chances drop near zero and skies will remain partly to mostly sunny. Temperatures will become pleasant, for late May standards, in the lower 80s and lower humidity will also be around. Something to look forward too, after a long period of daily rain/storm chances.

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