Hot Weekend, Then Dramatically Cooler

First, let me make a correction.  Our record high Friday was 92. That breaks the old record of 91 from 1883. (corrected the year)  It’s rare when you break a 134 year old record, and guess what?  We will be close to the record of 91 from 1883 again today!  It would be our 5th record high in a row that we have tied or broken.  We’ll be close.  I have our high around 90, with a low tonight of 68.  Then, one more day of heat on Sunday before The Big Chill arrives – the cold front we have been waiting for.  Counting down the hours.  Could be some widely scattered showers Sunday, and perhaps a narrow ribbon of showers or thundershowers along the front late Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning.  Here’s a snap shot of the next few days.

TIMING THE COLD FRONT:  Here’s 3 snapshots of the model timing on the cold front’s arrival.  Into northwest Alabama Sunday evening.  Halfway through the state at 1AM Monday, and just past Montgomery at 7AM.  Monday will be breezy and cooler with highs only in the 70’s and lows Monday night which will be in the low to mid 50’s.

Here’s a look at the coolest morning.  This is near dawn Wednesday morning.

TALLADEGA and FOOTBALL WEATHER:  Folks will be dressed in shorts and teeshirts for college games and the races at Talladega.  In fact, daytime Saturday and Sunday will be hot, with mid to upper 80’s.  Stay hydrated.  In Tuscaloosa this evening for the 6:15 kick…it will still be in the low 80’s, with mid 70’s at the end.  In Talladega for the main cup race Sunday, highs will be in the mid 80’s with widely scattered storms possible for the Alabama 500.  For campers, nights will be warm and muggy.

HAVE A NICE WEEKEND:  Greetings from the Alabama Gulf Coast with the Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores underway.  Usually it’s rather comfortable, but this year a little too hot.  At least no hurricane this weekend!

Whatever you have planned this weekend, enjoy…as we countdown the hours until relief from that cold front on Monday.  Here’s a snapshot from my IPHONE around sunset last night in Orange Beach.

–Rich