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Warm, muggy weather has returned. Rain and storm chances returning also.


Filtered sunshine is the name of the game on this Monday afternoon as clouds have thickened across the Tennessee Valley. This is in association with a weak frontal boundary that is slipping through the Tennessee Valley this afternoon. So far, it has done so quietly, with radar remaining quiet so far. However, an isolated storm or two can't be ruled out this afternoon, especially across north Alabama. Temperatures are in the mid to upper 80s behind the front over middle Tennessee and in the lower 90s ahead of the front over north Alabama. Dewpoints have also returned to the 70s ahead of the front, making for a muggy and unstable atmosphere.


Most of any scattered thunderstorm activity this afternoon should develop just to our south, along and south of the U.S. Highway 278 corridor (Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden) and moving southward through central Alabama. There may actually be a few severe storms in that area of central Alabama this afternoon, with gusty winds and hail, but that will also stay to our south. We cool down into the 70s after sunset with a temporary hit of slightly drier air behind the front, and then into the mid to upper 60s by daybreak under partly cloudy skies.


The chances for showers and storms will go up the next few days though as today's front waffles back and forth and disturbances in the flow ride through. There will likely be a couple different main clusters of storms during this period, one Tuesday afternoon and another during the day on Wednesday. Depending on the exact track of these, rain may be somewhat widespread, but we need to be able to nail down the exact track of these storm clusters before we can up rain chances further. Otherwise, expect scattered showers and storms to be possible, with rain chances lowering but not going away as we head through the end of the week and into the weekend. Daytime highs will continue through the mid to upper 80s tomorrow, but widespread clouds and rain chances on Wednesday may keep us into the upper 70s and lower 80s! Temperatures climb back toward the mid 80s to eventually near 90 by the weekend as storms become more spotty and sunshine returns.

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