James Spann: Here comes a hot one, Alabama

SEVERE CLEAR: Nothing but sunshine across Alabama this afternoon; temperatures are generally in the 87- to 90-degree range again, with no rain on radar.

HOT WEEKEND AHEAD: Our weather stays dry tomorrow and Sunday; it will be the hottest weekend so far this year, with highs in the low 90s, sunny days and fair nights.

NEXT WEEK: Monday will be another dry day with ample sunshine, but a broad low in the Gulf of Mexico will move up into the Florida Panhandle Tuesday and will pull deep tropical moisture into the state. A few periods of rain are likely Tuesday and Wednesday; highs drop back into the low 80s with only a limited amount of sunshine. The low will slowly dissipate over Alabama late in the week, but showers will remain possible Thursday and Friday. There’s no risk of severe storms, and rain amounts Tuesday through Friday should be fairly close to 1 inch for most Alabama communities.

This is rain we need; today is the 15th consecutive day with no measurable rain at Birmingham, based on data at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, where the records are kept.

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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