Scott Martin: Dry day for Alabama with some clouds
THIS WEEKEND: Saturday will be a very pleasant and seasonal day across Alabama, but we will have some moving clouds throughout the day. The sky will be rather cloudy in the early evening, but no rain is expected.
The sun returns on Sunday, and we will end the weekend in very good conditions. Weekend highs will be in the mid to high 70s.
NEXT WEEK: A closed low will form to our west and head in our direction on Monday but we will continue to stay dry. Highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
The low with an associated cold front will eventually begin to move across the state late Tuesday and early morning Wednesday. We will see rain and storms start to move in early Tuesday evening and progress across much of the state by midnight. At this point, extreme weather conditions do not seem likely. Highs will be in the upper 70s to lower 80s.
The front will have crossed Alabama by Wednesday afternoon and skies will begin to clear. All showering activity will end during the morning. Highs will be in the upper 60s to upper 70s.
We will return to exceptional seasonal weather on Thursday as skies will be sunny with highs in the lower 70s to lower 80s.
Much of Friday will be nice and dry, but a short wave moving into the state late in the day can bring a small chance of showers in the late afternoon through early evening. Highs will be mid 70s to lower 80s.
TROPICS: As of 7 p.m. Friday, a small non-tropical area of low pressure about 1,300 miles east of Bermuda is producing limited shower activity. Although environmental conditions are expected to be only marginally favorable for development over the next few days, the low could still acquire subtropical or tropical characteristics early next week as it moves westward- northwest at 20 to 25 mph across the subtropical Atlantic. . By the middle of next week, further development seems unlikely as the system is expected to move over cooler waters and encounter stronger winds aloft.
ON THIS DATE IN 1985: A guest on the top floor of a hotel in Seattle, Washington was seriously injured while talking on the phone when lightning struck. Several people are killed each year when the electrical charge from a lightning bolt travels through telephone wiring.
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