Saturday Morning, July 26, 2014
Meteorologist Jake Reed

An upper level ridge to our west acting as a heat pump will send us past the 90 degree mark both Saturday and Sunday. The humidity still will not be all that bad Saturday, but it becomes more uncomfortable Sunday afternoon and heat indices flirt with triple digit numbers.

After we get through two very hot days, the reward next week will be very nice. A front will drop in overnight Sunday into Monday, setting us up for another stretch of pleasant days with highs well below average and lower humidity. Rain amounts will be quite unimpressive with this frontal passage. Highs on Tuesday may not reach 80 degrees!

Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson
Hot Saturday and Sunday: The hottest temperature so far in 2014 has been 94ºF in Huntsville and 96ºF in Muscle Shoals. Hot air moving in from the west pushes temperatures up near that level for Saturday and Sunday.

We have dropped the chance of isolated storms on Saturday, and Sunday’s 10% chance of rain is after sunset. Both days look hot, humid and rain-free; the heat index will be around 100ºF by Sunday afternoon.

Storms Ahead of the Next Front: The Storm Prediction Center has outlined Middle and East Tennessee with a Slight Risk of severe storms Sunday night; we will have to watch for storms developing along a strong cold front north of us late Sunday. It appears that they will fall apart before reaching the Valley, but some scattered storms are possible Sunday night through Monday morning.

Cooler Next Week: Much cooler air blows in again making it feel more like October than late July next week. Temperatures take a big dive from this weekend’s 90s to highs only in the upper 70s and lower 80s from Tuesday through next weekend.

The over-all pattern looks dry through Thursday, but there are hints of a rainy end to the week and some soaking rain next weekend.

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SATURDAY: Partly to mostly sunny & hotter. High: 93. Wind: SW 6-12.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Warm and humid. Low: 73. Wind: Light SW.

SUNDAY: Sunny and hot! Heat index near 100º in the afternoon. Scattered storms in Tennessee by evening moving south overnight. High: 94. Wind: WSW  7-14. Rain: 10% (after sunset).

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy. Showers/storms early in the day. Cooler late. High: 86. Wind: NW 7-14. Rain: 30%.

TUESDAY: Partly to mostly sunny. Dry and more comfortable. High: 80. Wind: NNW 7-14.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy. Unseasonably mild. High: 82. Wind: N 5-10.

THURSDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy. Cooler than normal. High: 83. Wind: SE 4-8.

FRIDAY: Cloudy and mild. Scattered showers possible. High: 83. Wind: NE 5-10. Rain: 10%.