Changes on the horizon

Our string of hot, but dry days is on the verge of coming to an end. The high pressure that delivered that weather will retreat to the east. Southerly winds return bringing back the humidity, clouds and eventually rain. Unfortunately, this means showers for the upcoming holiday weekend. We actually need the rain, because drought conditions are expanding across Alabama. The weekend weather pattern begins to break down by Tuesday, and it will get hotter again for the middle of next week as September begins.

Overnight, clear skies and a mild feel with overnight lows again dipping into the mid to upper 60s. Friday begins as the past few have with sunny skies. However, through the afternoon, you will notice that it feels noticeably more humid. You’ll also see more clouds than the past few days. It will still be hot, with highs in the low to mid 90s. The added humidity could make it feel a bit hotter, especially in west Alabama. Late Friday night, there may be a few isolated showers far to our south, but the cloud cover will increase by Saturday morning. It will be muggy through the afternoon with scattered showers and thunderstorms breaking out. Fans headed to the UAB and Auburn game should be sure to pack the rain gear. The rain should keep temperatures just below 90° in most places. Expect scattered showers to continue Saturday night. Sunday will also have soggy periods, with steamy weather otherwise. For Labor Day, get your outdoor activities in early as scattered showers and storms will likely again fire in the afternoon. Before the rain, highs again climb to the low 90s. Tuesday and Wednesday will be hotter with highs in the mid 90s and more isolated, stray showers chances.

If you’re headed to the Gulf coast to get in that last beach trip, prepare for scattered showers, especially Friday and Saturday, perhaps less of that on Sunday and Monday.

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