December or April?
As you step out the door this morning, you may be thinking it’s springtime, rather than December. Morning lows for most only dropped into the low to mid 50s, with a few in northeast Alabama that dipped into the mid 40s. Clouds and breezy conditions overnight prevented much of a cool down and also inhibited fog development. Most were fog-free this morning. Check out this stunning shot I captured with our Jack’s Camera Network about 20 minutes before sunrise this morning in downtown Florence.
Expect another beautiful, early December day, but unseasonably warm. High temperatures today will be near record high temperatures, mostly in the low 70s, with possibly a few reaching into the mid 70s. The record high for Huntsville today is 76 degrees, set back in 1982, in Muscle Shoals it’s 74 degrees set back in 1991. Today will be partly sunny, similar to yesterday.
Monday will be much of the same, with high temperatures again flirting with records and a better chance for them to be tied or maybe even broken. Highs Monday will likely be a degree or two warmer than today’s highs and more will likely reach into the mid 70s. The record high temperature on Monday for Huntsville is 75 degrees set back in 1998 and the record high for Muscle Shoals is 76 degrees set back in 1978, it will be close!
After near record warmth and breezy days, the weather pattern becomes a little more unsettled. A storm system out west shifts east and drags a cold front across the area Tuesday. There will be a chance for scattered showers by mid to late Tuesday morning in northwest Alabama, but generally thinking the bulk of the rain will not spread east until Tuesday afternoon and night. There may be an isolated thunderstorm, with some gusty wind and brief heavy downpour, but no severe weather is expected. Most of the rain will be to the east of the Tennessee Valley by daybreak Wednesday morning. Rainfall amounts will likely be around 0.50″ or less. Below is a look at the Day 3 Quantitative Precipitation Forecast from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center valid Tuesday morning at 6:00 am through Wednesday at 6:00 am.
Only a small cool down is expected behind the front, with a return to near normal temperatures for the second half of the week, before more rain is possible Friday and Saturday. Enjoy the unseasonably warm weather while it lasts!:)
- Jennifer Watson
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