Alabama Skies: A pleasant break from the heat for some; severe weather and more dangerous heat for others

Published 10:09 pm Friday, July 21, 2023

If you’re north of the weak cold front passing through the state Saturday, congratulations! You’ve received a break from the extreme heat we’ve had for several days. Once storms clear out early, northern Mississippi will become sunny with a high of only 84 degrees and a low dipping into the mid-60s.

In central Alabama, storms may last a little longer, but skies will become sunny with highs into the mid-80s. Lows in north-central Alabama will also go into the 60s Saturday night.

The news isn’t as great for folks south of the front. Everyone south of a line from near Birmingham to the Gulf Coast will have a decent chance for plenty of rain and a severe thunderstorm or two. It’s also going to remain hot.

The tropics are waking up right on schedule. Don remains out in the Atlantic but won’t be an issue as it heads northeast, but a new Atlantic disturbance is being monitored. It currently has a 50 percent chance of strengthening into an organized storm within the next 48 hours and a 70 chance within seven days.

North Alabama

A few showers and thunderstorms early, then mostly sunny. High near 83. Mostly clear Saturday night with a low of 64.

Central Alabama

Showers and storms likely early, then partly sunny with a high near 86. A slight chance of a shower or storm in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 68.

South Alabama

Showers and storms likely in the afternoon. Partly sunny with a high near 90. A storm or two could be severe. More showers and storms are possible in the evening and overnight. Low of 72.

Gulf Coast

Showers and storms in the afternoon. A storm could become severe. High of 94 and heat index of 109. Showers and storms likely Saturday night with a low of 73.