RADAR CHECK: Most of Alabama remains dry this afternoon with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures are mostly in the 79-84 degree range; the average high for Birmingham on May 17 is 82.
The sky will be occasionally cloudy tonight and tomorrow, and a few isolated showers are possible across the state. Chance of any one spot getting wet is about one in eight, and the high tomorrow will be between 77 and 81 degrees for most communities. The most widespread rain will remain to the west.
WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: A strong upper ridge will build across the Southeast U.S…. setting the stage for dry conditions and hotter afternoons. Look for sunny days, fair nights Wednesday through Sunday with rising heat levels. We will be in the mid 80s Wednesday and Thursday, followed by upper 80s Friday.
Looks like we should reach 90 degrees for the first time this year on Saturday. That is right on time; the average date for the first 90 degree day in Birmingham is May 22. FYI… the earliest 90 degree day on record came on March 21, 1907. The latest 90 degree high in a season was reached on October 20, 2016.
Sunday will be another sunny, hot day with a high in the low 90s.
NEXT WEEK: The ridge holds. The week looks hot and dry with lots of sunshine on a daily basis along with highs in the low 90s. For all practical purposes the tornado season is over in Alabama as the ridge takes over. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.
ON THIS DATE IN 1896: An estimated F5 tornado tracked 100 miles through northeastern Kansas and extreme southeastern Nebraska. Seneca, Oneida, Sabetha, and Reserve, Kansas sustained severe damage. While passing through Reserve, the tornado was 2 miles wide. 25 people were killed, and 200 were injured.
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