James Spann: Showers and storms in Alabama to increase Friday, Saturday

MUGGY SUMMER MORNING: Temperatures are in the 70s across most of Alabama this morning, nothing showing up on radar at daybreak. Today will be very similar to yesterday: hot, humid, partly sunny, and a few scattered storms around this afternoon and early tonight. The high today will be in the low 90s, and the chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in four.

To the north, a surface front will be getting closer, and a few storms over far North Alabama could pack a punch. The Storm Prediction Center has the Tennessee Valley in a “marginal risk” for severe storms.

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TOMORROW/SATURDAY: With the surface front just north of here providing low-level convergence, we expect scattered to numerous showers and storms. The chance of any one spot getting wet is 50/50 both days, and while most of the showers will come during the afternoon and evening, we can’t rule out some rain during the late night and morning. Also, a few strong storms are possible; SPC has about the northern third of the state in a “marginal risk” tomorrow.

Highs will be close to 90; some spots won’t get out of the 80s because of clouds and showers.

SUNDAY: Showers and storms thin out; expect a good supply of sunshine with a high up in the mid 90s as heat levels begin to rise.

NEXT WEEK: An intense upper high will form over the southern plains, and while Alabama will be on the periphery of that heat bubble, no doubt our afternoons will be pretty hot. Some places, especially over Northwest Alabama, could see 100-degree heat toward the end of next week. Thunderstorms will be possible next week, but they should be pretty widely scattered.

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TROPICS: The Atlantic basin remains very quiet, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five days.

AT THE BEACH: Very routine summer weather continues on the coast from Gulf Shores over to Panama City Beach through next week. About seven to nine hours of sunshine daily, and yes, you will deal with a passing storm from time to time. Highs 87-90 on the immediate coast, with low to mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the upper 80s. See a detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

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