DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Mostly sunny skies and very warm temperatures can be expected once again for your Monday. We’ll begin the morning around 50 degrees, much like today, and climb up to the low 80s for highs during the afternoon hours.
Our focus then turns to our next system as we head into Tuesday (a warm front). This front is forecast to lift northward out of the Gulf late tomorrow night and enter our area right around daybreak Tuesday morning. Scattered showers and storms may develop along the front as it lifts into the Tri-State, some of which could be on the strong to severe side. The threats we could see with this first round of severe weather are going to differ depending on the position of the storms relative to the frontal boundary itself. If the storms end up developing north of the warm front, large hail would be the threat to watch out for since the storms would be what we meteorologists call “elevated” in nature. However, if they end up developing in our region after the warm front passes, they’ll be more “surface-based,” meaning the storms will have the capability to produce damaging wind gusts and maybe even an isolated tornado. There is still a lot of uncertainty in terms of which scenario will play out, so we’ll continue to watch the short-term models as they roll in and provide more updates when they become available!
Our second round of severe weather is anticipated to move in with a line of storms during the afternoon hours. Much like the first round, damaging winds and an isolated tornado will be possible with any storm that reaches severe limits. This activity should push out of our area by the late afternoon/early evening hours. Temperature-wise, we’ll start off the day very mild in the low 60s and only make it up to the mid 70s for highs prior to our afternoon showers and storms making their way in from the west.
The cold front associated with this system is not anticipated to move through our area until Wednesday night/early Thursday morning. Thus, we’ll likely see another round of showers and storms (more scattered in nature compared to Tuesday) develop during the day on Wednesday since we’ll remain in a moisture-rich pre-frontal airmass. Severe weather will once again be a possibility with these storms, but look for the threats to be more marginal and the occurrence of them to be a little more isolated in nature compared to Tuesday. After beginning the morning very warm in the mid 60s, we’ll return to the 80s for afternoon highs.
We’ll keep rain chances around through Thursday morning before we dry out and see skies clear following the passage of the cold front. We’ll only rise up to the mid 70s for highs Thursday afternoon after again waking up to temperatures in the 60s thanks to cooler post-frontal air starting to work its way into the region.
High pressure will then settle in on Friday, returning us to entirely dry weather as we wrap up the work week! We’ll definitely feel the effects of the cold front even more so than the day before, beginning the morning down in the upper 40s and only topping out in the mid to upper 60s despite mostly sunny skies.
We’ll see this unseasonably cool weather stick around for Saturday as well. For the first day of next weekend, expect to wake up to even colder temperatures in the low 40s and reach the mid 60s for highs. Mostly sunny skies will prevail.
By the time Sunday rolls around, we’ll finally start to warm back up again. After beginning the day with another round of low 40s, we’ll rise back up to around 70 for highs as sunshine dominates once again.