Summer heat settles in this week

An upper high overhead pushes afternoon highs into the middle 90s later this week (Image: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The upper ridge that has brought blistering and record-breaking heat to the Desert Southwest in the past few weeks begins to migrate further east later this week.

Let’s be clear: we are not talking record setting temperatures here, but some of the hottest weather of the year may build in for the second half of next week.

Huntsville and Muscle Shoals have both hit 95 degrees, and we may do that again this week.

Humidity levels remain high, so it will feel hotter than 100 degrees almost every afternoon through at least next weekend.

With the upper ridge in place overhead, rain will be very hard to come by. High pressure systems create a sinking motion in the atmosphere, making it more difficult for clouds and rain to form.

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