Big storms and big heat: that’s summertime in Alabama and Tennessee. Those storms are often rough with strong wind gusts (40-50 MPH), hail, tremendous rainfall, and dangerous lightning. That’s what happened on Monday, and that’s what will happen again on Tuesday and Wednesday as multiple rounds of heavy – and potentially severe – storms move through the region ahead of the Fourth of July weekend.
How bad could it get?
The Storm Prediction Center outlines a risk of a few severe storms for both Tuesday and Wednesday; it’s the Marginal Risk both days indicating low confidence that a storm will be severe and the low coverage of severe storms. In other words, yes, it’s possible that a single storm could be severe, but we do not expect widespread, destructive severe storms this week.
It’s mainly WIND: thunderstorms producing gusts over 58 MPH.
On Tuesday, it starts stuffy, muggy, warm and humid: morning temperatures in the low-70s under a cloudy sky and with some patchy fog. Isolated showers and storms will pass through in the morning (especially in Tennessee), but your best shot at a storm comes from midday through early evening: two rounds between 11 AM and 9 PM.
In between the downpours, temperatures climb from the 70s to the upper 80s. The heat index depends upon the rain; if you’re getting rain, you’re not as hot. If you get no rain at all, get ready to bake in the heat again: ‘feels like’ temperatures will hit the middle and upper 90s.
Another round of storms Wednesday
Summer storms rumble again on Wednesday; half the day will be dry and hot. The other half could get very stormy!
Some showers are possible in the morning. Another wave of storms moves into Alabama and Tennessee by late afternoon/early evening. By Wednesday night, those storms are ending leaving us with only a slim chance of showers or a storm or two by Thursday, Friday and the weekend.