FIRST ALERT: Ian brings flooding rains to central Fla.; Pleasant & breezy in Ala.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The combination of very low humidity values and breezy conditions will create dangerous fire weather conditions through the end of the week, so outdoor burning should be avoided. Nevertheless, the nice and dry fall weather is expected to continue.
Temperatures tomorrow morning will end up chilly once again with many of us cooling off into the middle 40s to lower 50s. A light breeze sticking around overnight is also making for an unusually brisk late September evening! Highs tomorrow afternoon will climb into the mid 70s with a sunny sky. Winds stay breezy from the northeast at 10-15 mph. Friday will end up similar but just a few degrees warmer. Morning temperatures are expected to cool into the lower 50s with highs in the upper 70s. If you plan on attending any high school football games Friday evening, the forecast is looking very nice with temperatures cooling into the 60s with a mostly clear to partly cloudy sky. The eastward track of Ian will keep our area dry Friday.
Weekend Forecast: Ian has been the big question mark regarding our weekend forecast. But the weakening system will stay well to our south and east, so impacts will be minimal across Central Alabama. The bulk of the rain and wind will remain in parts of Georgia and South Carolina Friday and Saturday. We will likely see increasing clouds in east Alabama over the weekend. Since Ian is trending so much farther east, we no longer have a chance of rain in the forecast for the weekend as we expect to stay high and dry. We will likely enjoy a partly cloudy sky with breezy conditions Saturday. Highs in the mid to upper 70s. Expect a similar forecast for Sunday, just a few more clouds around. Temperatures Sunday afternoon are likely to climb into the mid 70s. If you are planning on attending the Talladega Race, the weather looks nice and dry. The dry weather pattern will likely continue early next week. Temperatures may end up warmer and closer to average with highs in the lower 80s and lows in the 50s under a mix of sun and clouds.
HURRICANE IAN: Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cayo Costa, Florida today with max. sustained winds at 150 MPH, so as a strong Category 4 storm. As of Wednesday night, Ian has now weakened into a Category 2 hurricane as it moves over land and begins to ingest dry air. Regardless, central and northeast Florida are now under the gun for flooding rainfall and at least tropical-storm force winds heading into Thursday. An additional foot or 2 of rainfall will be possible all the way up to Daytona Beach with isolated, spin-up tornadoes also still a threat on the northeast side of the storm as rain bands spiral onshore. Ian will eventually bring gusty winds and heavy rainfall to eastern Georgia and the Carolinas late week as it eventually weakens to a tropical depression.
Ian’s Impacts for the Alabama Gulf Coast: Ian will remain too far east to directly impact the Alabama Gulf Coast. The only issue Ian will produce is a high and dangerous rip current threat along the Alabama Gulf Coast and the Florida Panhandle. We are expecting dry conditions throughout the weekend with plenty of sunshine. My best advice is to avoid the Gulf waters this week. Once Ian moves out, the rip current threat should decrease going into next week.
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