AN EARLY START: As is usually the case here in Alabama, Summer is off to an early start. We certainly felt the heat of our longest season today; highs soared into the mid 90s for many of us. And, in a few places, thunderstorms bubbled up and dropped heavy rain, lightning, thunder and even some small hail.
MORE OF THE SAME: Wednesday will feature more scorching weather. Afternoon high temperatures will average around 95 degrees. We'll project a few isolated showers and thunderstorms again, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours.
A SLOW CHANGE: Gradually, the pattern will shift by the end of the work week and into the weekend. The strong upper ridge responsible for the heat will slowly break down, leading to a couple of changes - it won't be quite AS hot, with highs dropping into the upper 80s and lower 90s by the weekend. Also, we'll deal with a slight uptick in rain coverage, to around 30-40% by the weekend. It still won't be a washout, though:
Josh Johnson, WSFA First Alert Chief Meteorologist
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