Alabama stays dry, then rain chances increase

The trough arrives on Tuesday and will attempt to pull a cold front into Alabama, but it will wash out and stop north of the state. We’ll have an increased risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms north of the I-59 corridor, while the standard summertime risk of isolated to scattered afternoon showers and storms will be in place south of I-59. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the mid-90s.

The trough works a little deeper into the state on Wednesday, pushing the higher rain chances farther southeast. Much of the state will see an increased chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially north of the I-85 corridor. Afternoon highs will be in the upper 80s to the mid-90s.

We return to a more classic summertime pattern on Thursday — hot and humid with the standard risk of scattered, mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the mid-90s.

Friday will be much the same, with coverage of the scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms being a little higher over southeastern Alabama. Highs will top out in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.

The Alabama weekend: There won’t be much change in the weather pattern for the weekend. We’ll continue to be hot and humid with the standard risk of scattered, mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the upper 80s to the lower 90s.

Tropics: A tropical wave over the eastern Caribbean Sea has been given the name of Invest 95L and will move to the west-northwest over the next few days. While conditions are not favorable for development over the next five days, Invest 95L will move into a little better environment near the Straits of Florida or the Bahamas at the end of the week.

We’ll be keeping our eyes on this as it will head toward the southeastern U.S. coastline. It is too early to be specific on what this disturbance will do once it approaches the mainland.

On this day in 1981: Fifty cattle, each weighing 800 pounds, were killed by lightning near Vance. The lightning struck a tree and then spread along the ground, killing the cattle.

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