Today and Wednesday look similar to Monday with one exception: a slightly better chance of some daily downpours. The morning showers we had only dropped a few hundredths of an inch around Leighton, Belgreen, and Russellville as of 9am Tuesday morning. A weak cool front in the area helps focus the heat and humidity into more scattered thunderstorms; ‘more’ here doesn’t necessarily mean ‘everyone gets rain.’ We are still very much in a hit-or-miss thunderstorm kind of environment.
Hotter weather here to stay: July is 0.2ºF above average through Sunday; you might as well call that ‘normal.’ It was very hot early in the month, and then that break with cooler weather last week spoiled us. Now, it’s hot and going to stay that way.
Huntsville’s climatological ‘peak’ of summer happens within the next three weeks. The hottest period of the year based on the averages is August 11th through 14th with an average high of 91.3ºF.
The next two weeks look very ‘average’ for this area: a slim chance of rain and a good chance of ‘hot and dry.’ While a true ‘heat wave’ is not in the forecast, there is certainly very little chance of it being pleasantly cool again anytime soon.
Looking toward the weekend: We’re expecting standard summertime weather for the upcoming weekend. Highs around 90ºF, lows around 70ºF, and a slim chance of an isolated storm. The vast majority of us won’t see any rain this week or for the final weekend before school begins in many districts around here.