More scattered downpours Friday, but there’s a better chance of rain for the weekend!

It didn’t rain everywhere on the Fourth, but where it rained…it rained!

A few spots got more than two inches of rain Thursday afternoon and evening:

  • 2.25″ in Courtland
  • 1.86″ in Madison
  • 1.13″ at Wheeler Dam
  • 0.03″ at Huntsville International Airport
  • 0.01″ in Downtown Huntsville

Rainfall from 10:05 AM to 10:05 PM on 7/14/19

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

Weekend outlook: A weak cool front moves into the region for Saturday night and Sunday stirring up a better chance of some scattered storms. It won’t bring much of a ‘cool down,’ but the extra clouds and rain-cooled air will knock temperatures down slightly by Sunday.

Expect highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s, and a 40% to 50% chance of scattered heavy thunderstorms both days: mainly in the afternoon and early evening (think noon to 7 PM).

Thursday’s run of the Baron Futurecast shows the best chance of ‘heavy’ rain over Northwest Alabama and Tennessee through Sunday evening.  A few communities will get more than one inch of rain; many of us will get a fraction of an inch, and a few spots may get exactly zero rainfall.

There is a chance that an individual storm could briefly turn ‘severe’ (winds at or above 58 mph and hail to the size of quarters or larger). That’s not going to be a widespread problem, but it’s something to keep in mind.

Hotter and drier again next week: It’s not exactly a ‘heat wave’ by our standards, but it will be hotter than the norm for early to mid-July next week. A large, sprawling ‘ridge’ caps off the threat of showers and storms from Monday to Thursday; the blazing sun and relatively drier air make for some hot days! Expect highs around 94ºF to 98ºF with a heat index as high as 105ºF.

If we are to make a run at 100ºF this summer, this next week looks like one of the ‘better’ opportunities for thermometers to hit triple digits.

Looking for the rest of the forecast? It’s always online at WHNT.com/Weather and in the “Daily Forecast” section on Live Alert 19!

-Jason
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