PLENTY OF SUNSHINE: Not much is going to change from the last forecast. We'll still have lots of sunshine, and warm temperatures. Over the next 7 days, temps will climb from the lower 80's to the mid 80's. Don't expect much cloud cover during that stretch either. According to the climate prediction center, we'll stay above average for the next 8-14 days.
WARM SUNNY WEATHER FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS: What else can you say about this coming week. We'll see temps starting in the lower 80's and warm to the mid 80's by next Saturday. Through that entire stretch, we'll have ample sunshine. No rain chances, barely any clouds, simply perfect weather. Our overnight lows will also start warming up as well, from the lower 50's Saturday night, to the 60's by Friday night. This is the week for outdoor plans, whether is planting a garden, playing 18 holes of golf, or cycling up Monte Sano, this week is our reward for enduring an icy winter, and a soggy spring.
WEEKEND: Either day you have any outdoor plans it will be beautiful. Highs Saturday will top out in the upper 70s and Sunday will top out in the low 80s. We will see a few fair weather clouds but we will get plenty of sunshine!
NEXT WEEK: High pressure is still in command and our days of sunny and dry weather continues. Daily highs will be in the 80s with not a drop of rain expected.
Higher pressure will reign supreme in our forecast for the next 7 days in the forecast! This means that temperatures will be on the rise and winds turn back in from the South this Sunday.
In addition, sunny weather increases the pollen count so don't forget your allergy medicine.
Staying hydrated and slapping on the sunscreen is key if you're heading to Whistlestop and Talladega this weekend! It only takes 15 to 20 minutes for sun damage to occur as the UV Index will be in the Very High range.
THIS EVENING: Winds will still be gusty over 20 mph at times but weaken as we go through tonight. Temperatures will be falling fairly quick after sunset. We will be back in the 50s around 9 p.m.. Any clouds that are left will continue to disperse around midnight. Overnight lows will be in the mid 40s.
FRIDAY: This is the start of the beautiful weather. High pressure won't be pushed in fully for the southeast but it will make its presence felt nonetheless. We will still see some upper level energy above the Valley. So some afternoon cumulus clouds will be possible.
LONG TERM TREND: The forecast hasn't changed. We are still looking at amazing weather through the weekend and for most of next week. If you have any outdoor plans you will have ideal weather conditions. Highs will gradually warm into the low to mid 80s starting on Sunday.
EVENTS: WhisteStop and Talladega will both be sunny and warm. You don't need to worry about rain for either of these events.
THURSDAY: A weak cold front will skim us from the North, increasing cloud cover for this afternoon and giving us a few stray showers for Northeast Alabama and Southern Tennessee come this afternoon. None of these showers will be severe. At most, the winds will be the worst from this cold front, moving at 10 to 20 mph from the North. Highs will reach into the lower 70's and lows will dip down into the mid 40's thanks to skies clearing by nightfall.
FRIDAY-NEXT WEEK: Higher pressure moves in, and will allow for plenty of sunshine from Friday into the midweek next week! Temperatures will skyrocket from the sunshine and winds turning in from the South.
THURSDAY: A weak cold front will pass through the Valley. We will see more clouds the further east you live along with an isolated shower possible for Sand Mountain. Winds will also be becoming breezy at times during the afternoon with gusts up to 20 mph. Clouds will begin to push out Thursday evening.
FRIDAY: This is the start of high pressure moving in and setting the stage for beautiful days and increasing temperatures.
WHISTLESTOP: It honestly doesn't matter what day you go you will have ideal weather conditions. The high for Friday will be 72 but it will be in the 60s throughout the rest of the evening. Saturday will be slightly warmer with highs in the upper 70s.
LONG TERM: High pressure will settle in to the southeast and keep a nice southerly flow going. We will be increasing our temperatures into the 80s and will be staying there for the foreseeable future. We should be seeing our warmest temperatures of the year so far either next Tuesday or Wednesday. The biggest change will be our lack of precipitation chances. We have been so rainy the last several weeks that the ground need some decent time to dry out completely.
WEDNESDAY: Rain showers moved out quicker than expected as a cold front over the Great Lakes is trying to move farther South. A few stray showers may build up in Northeast Alabama. Otherwise, this is allowing for a break in the clouds, so expect drier weather as we go throughout the morning and afternoon time, especially from Huntsville to the Shoals. In fact, by nightfall, skies will be clearing, allowing for a chilly night with temperatures dropping into the upper 40's to lower 50's.
THURSDAY: We'll see a good amount of sunshine before clouds roll in from the cold front that will slide through the Tennessee Valley. This will only allow temperatures to reach into the mid 60's with breezy conditions. By nighttime, skies will clear, causing temperatures to yet again dip into the mid to lower 40's.
FRIDAY: Higher pressure moves in and we'll see plenty of sunshine from Friday to Sunday. Temperatures will also be above average, into the mid 70's on Friday to the mid 80's come Sunday!
WEDNESDAY: An upper level low will continue to push rain showers across the Valley. Northwest Alabama is clear of the rain for today, but showers will continue to develop this morning for Huntsville, Athens, and Decatur, and extend into the afternoon time for Northeast Alabama. Temperatures will be into the mid to upper 60's. We'll see a gradual decrease in cloud cover tonight with temperatures are into the lower 50's.
THURSDAY: A weak cold front will scurry across the Valley come Thursday, increasing cloud cover and creating breezy conditions as winds will drive in from the North. High temperatures will be into the mid 60's. Lows into the mid 40's.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY: Higher pressure will move into the Valley and stay with us for the weekend. Temperatures will go from the lower 70's to the mid 80's with plenty of sunshine!
TONIGHT: Showers will be moving across the Valley. They will also become more numerous as we head towards early morning.
FRIDAY THRU MONDAY: This is a forecast that has been a long time coming. We have seen 6.70" of rain for the month of April so far. Which is also 2.83" above normal as of 4/28. High pressure moves in and settles in for the long haul during this time. We will see lots of sunshine with temperatures gradually warming above normal.
EVENTS: This will be a perfect couple of days for WhistleStop and for the Talladega-GEICO 500.