I absolutely love this time of year, but Fall weather can really mess with your wardrobe choices. Temperatures fell into the middle 50s in a few spots this morning, offering a refreshing chill for early commuters. By the afternoon those temperatures are a solid 30 degrees warmer into the middle 80s. That jacket you wore earlier will draw a few confused eyeballs if still carried later today. That's a common trend during October around here as clear days spit out warm air and clear nights make us remember Summer is officially gone...
TODAY: Temperatures are trending upward nicely late this morning. Skies are mostly sunny and are expected to remain that way all day. Expect highs to climb into the middle 80s for much of the area with temps only making it into the lower 80s across eastern Alabama communities.
FRIDAY COLD FRONT: A weak frontal boundary is still set to approach the area late in the day Friday. This cold front doesn't have a whole lot going for it rain-wise. The bulk of the dynamics will skirt well to our north and overall moisture is limited.
Friday will be another very warm day where temperatures climb well into the 80s under mostly sunny skies. The issue is trying to figure out just how long a few showers/storms along the front try and hang on as they head southward. Best chances for rain along the front will be across northern Alabama where models forecast a little instability to generate isolated rumbles. The trend will be for steadily decreasing coverage of rain as afternoon transitions to evening.
Bottom line, I think a few isolated showers with an outside chance of a rumble may persist across our northern counties Friday evening. That would put us into Friday Night Fever territory, so we'll have to keep any eye on that 20% rain chance. For most of us, this front doesn't provide much of anything in terms of rainfall.
THIS WEEKEND: Where the cold front failed to succeed in providing rain, it will have a bit more success in dropping our temperatures. Highs Saturday will only warm into the lower 80s and should stay in the upper 70s Sunday.
Despite the subtle cooldown, skies will remain mostly sunny. That should allow for a sparkling pair of weekend days to enjoy.
WSFA First Alert Meteorologist Eric Snitil