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Heat Continues Through Mother’s Day Weekend

It’s clear and calm outside, and warming up quickly! An expansive area of high pressure will keep our weather fairly consistent day-to-day through the rest of the weekend, which translates into more heat and humidity!

High temperatures will once again touch near 90ºF Saturday will plenty of sun and not much of a breeze to stir the air. Take the heat into consideration before heading out for the day; stay hydrated and take breaks from the heat if you need them!

Mother’s Day will bring more of the same, with highs in the low 90s and ‘feels like’ temperatures in the mid 90s due to the humidity. The ‘average’ high for Mother’s Day (May 13th) is 81ºF in Huntsville; our forecast high of 91ºF comes within three degrees of the record-hottest May 13th of 94ºF set in 1962!

Hitting the lake this weekend? While the lakes are still a little cool for swimming, the air will be hot and relatively still this weekend. The breeze picks up for around 5 to 10 miles per hour on average; a few gusts may exceed 15 miles per hour during the middle of the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Rain, storms, and stiff breezes stay away this weekend, but next weekend may be a different story.

Rain and storms more likely soon: We are getting to the point where we need a little bit of rain just to keep the grass green. May 2018 is among the top 10% of driest starts to the month on record going back to 1894 with only 0.25” of rain in the bucket at Huntsville International Airport.

We see a better chance of widely scattered storms developing early next week and better coverage of storms in general all week long. Here’s the catch: rain will come in an unevenly, scattered manner. That means some of us get a little, some get a lot, and a few may even miss out completely in North Alabama.

A weak upper-air low moves north from the Gulf of Mexico and sits over the region from Monday through the end of the week. That will bring a chance of scattered storms on a daily basis through next weekend.

Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19!

Need some more specifics about the weekend or next week? They’re always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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