James Spann: A dry pattern continues for Alabama

HOT SEPTEMBER AFTERNOON: Temperatures are mostly in the mid 90s across Alabama this afternoon; Birmingham’s average high for September 7 is 87. The good news is that dew points and humidity levels are fairly low. At 3:00 Birmingham reported 93 degrees with a dew point of 61, making the relative humidity 35 percent. No rain on radar.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The weather just won’t change much. Mostly sunny days with hot afternoons, and fair pleasant nights. Highs will be generally between 91 and 95 degrees through Saturday, with lows in the upper 60s. A weak front will drift into North Alabama Sunday, but with dry air in place and little upper support for the front, showers should be few and far between. The chance of any one spot getting wet Sunday is only in the 10 percent range. Sunday’s high will drop back into the upper 80s.

NEXT WEEK: The dry weather continues at least for the first half of the week with highs between 87 and 90, and lows in the 60s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: High school games played under Friday night lights across Alabama will be rain-free with a clear sky; temperatures will fall from the mid 80s at kickoff into the 70s by the final whistle.

Alabama hosts Western Kentucky Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the 2016 home opener (2:30p CT kickofF)… the sky will be mostly sunny with 90 degrees at kickoff… dropping back into the mid to upper 80s by the end of the game.

Auburn will host Arkansas State at Jordan Hare Stadium Saturday evening (6:30p CT kickoff)… the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from 86 degrees at kickoff into the upper 70s by the fourth quarter.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights, and only widely scattered storms on the coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend. Highs on the immediate coast in the upper 80s, with low 90s inland. See a very detailed Gulf Coast forecast here.

TROPICS: A tropical wave in the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of developing into a depression or storm over the next five days. Seems like it will be gaining latitude, and for the moment it looks like it won’t be a threat for the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico.

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