Thursday Afternoon, August 21, 2014
Chief Meteorologist Jason Simpson
Hot Days and Few Storms
It is as hot now as it has been in the past two summers, and it could get even hotter on Friday and Saturday! Hot air and high humidity make it feel worse than the thermometer says with a heat index above 100ºF.
High school football games kicking off in Alabama and Tennessee tonight will be warm and muggy; expect kick-off temperatures in the low-90s this evening, and it only drops into the lower and middle 80s through the fourth quarter.
Football Friday: A few games on Thursday night started the season, but the first “big” night of high school football is almost here! The coolish summer season so far has not prepared any of us for the kind of heat we have right now, but it is what it is. Expect another very hot day with a high in the upper 90s Friday afternoon; the temperature drops to around 90ºF at kick off with a fair sky and a very light wind. The heat index at game time will still be near 100ºF.
Temperatures slowly drop to the 80-85ºF range by the fourth quarter, but the heat index will keep it feeling like it’s near 90ºF even by game’s end.
Weekend Weather: Don’t expect much change in the weather this weekend. The strong ridge overhead now shifts to the northwest this weekend allowing for a few scattered thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday.
It’s going to stay hot! Daytime highs reach the middle and upper 90s, and the heat index stays above 100ºF both days.
Heat Backs Down a Little: Temperatures come down slightly next week; it stays hot, but highs only rise into the lower 90s thanks to an easterly flow and some slightly drier air. The best chance of rain next week comes on Monday then again later in the week around Thursday and Friday as a cool front moves into the region.
Tropical Outlook: The National Hurricane Center’s official forecast places a 70% chance of development on Invest 96L – the wave near the Lesser Antillies. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding this, but you will want to pay attention to this if you have beach plans on the Gulf Coast or on Florida’s Atlantic Coast around Labor Day. Most model guidance pushes this near the Bahamas this weekend and possibly curving out to sea next week. On the other hand, some guidance suggests a track toward South Florida and potentially the Gulf. We’ll be watching it!
Beach Forecast: Check out the Beach Forecast up on WHNT.com! You can always see the latest weekend forecast for the beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida.
Farm and Garden Forecast: WHNT News 19’s Farm & Garden Forecast is updated daily with information specifically geared toward farmers and gardeners: Valleywx.com!
TONIGHT: An isolated evening shower possible. Warm and muggy. Low: 73. Wind: Light West. Rain: <10%.
FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Very hot and humid. Heat index near 105ºF. High: 98. Wind: W 5-10. Rain: <10%.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Fair and warm. Low: 74. Wind: Light NW.
SATURDAY: Hot and humid. Isolated afternoon and evening thunderstorms. High: 98. Wind: NW 5-10. Rain: 10%.
SUNDAY: Still hot and humid. A few scattered storms possible. High: 97. Wind: NE 5-10. Rain: 20%.
MONDAY: A few isolated showers and storms. Still hot and humid. High: 92. Wind: E 5-10. Rain: 20%.
TUESDAY: Hot and humid. A low-end chance of an isolated shower. High: 91. Wind: ESE 5-10. Rain: 10%.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Hot. High: 91. Wind: E 5-10.
THURSDAY: Sun & clouds. Hot with a few scattered storms possible. High: 90. Wind: SE 5-10. Rain: 30%.