James Spann: Hot weekend for Alabama; rain returns next week

James Spann forecasts a nice but hot weekend for Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

JUST LIKE SUMMER: We are projecting a high between 87 and 90 degrees today, followed by low 90s tomorrow and Sunday. It will be the hottest weekend so far this year, with sunny days and fair nights. Showers will be just about impossible to find; today will be the 15th consecutive day without measurable rain for Birmingham, based on data at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport.

And if we do reach 90 tomorrow as forecast, it will be the first 90-degree high for Birmingham in 226 days (the last time it was 90 or higher was back on Sept. 28, 2017).

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be another dry day with a high around 90, but a broad subtropical low in the Gulf of Mexico will move northward and bring deeper moisture into the state by Tuesday and the rest of the week. The sky will be occasionally cloudy with occasional showers and possibly a thunderstorm on these four days, giving us a chance of some needed rain. Heat levels will come down, with highs generally in the low 80s for the latter half of the week.

ON THIS DATE IN 2008: An EF-1 tornado moved through Heflin in Cleburne County; hundreds of trees were either snapped off or uprooted along the path. Several structures sustained damage and at least six were destroyed. At least 35 homes sustained varying degrees of damage. No injuries were reported.

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