DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! We are starting off the final day of 2021 warm and humid once again in the 70s. Most locations have been rain-free this morning, with only drizzle or the occasional light shower being seen in a few spots. As we go through the next couple hours, we can expect rain chances to remain on the low side.
A slight uptick in activity is possible by the afternoon with southerly flow bringing in Gulf moisture, but overall we’re expecting the coverage of showers to be pretty sporadic compared to yesterday and Wednesday, with the chance for rain area-wide at around 30%. Otherwise, we’ll see a mix of sun and clouds and potentially record-breaking high temperatures as the majority of us top out in the low 80s! For reference, the record high for Dothan on this date is 78 degrees, set back in 2018.
The chance for a few showers remains possible this evening and into the overnight hours as well, so make sure to have the rain jacket or umbrella handy just in case if you’re planning on being outdoors to ring in the New Year! Temperatures will remain mild throughout the course of the night as well, only bottoming out near 70 much like this morning to begin the first day of 2022.
With the same setup in place for New Year’s Day as today, expect partly sunny skies with about a 30% chance for showers once again. Temperatures will warm up to around the 80 degree mark for afternoon highs.
Our focus then turns to the threat for severe weather on Sunday as a strong cold front pushes towards the Tri-State. For now, all of us are under a Marginal (level 1/5) risk for severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center. The most likely scenario that this system presents is an eastward progressing squall line that would move through the region during the afternoon hours, with damaging straight-line winds and embedded tornadoes possible along its leading edge. Of course, with this system still being days out, the timing of it and the magnitude of specific threats could change, so make sure to check back for more updates as we get closer! We’ll begin the day very warm in the upper 60s and reach the mid 70s prior to the line of storms moving in.
We’ll see much cooler air move in behind the front as we head into Monday, returning us to more seasonable temperatures. There will be a bit of a breeze too Monday morning in wake of this system, and with temperatures falling into the mid 30s, this will make for a very chilly start to the first full week of 2022! Expect to only warm up to the low 50s by the second half of the day despite abundant sunshine.
We’ll start out Tuesday similarly cold in the mid 30s. A little more cloud cover looks to work its way back into the mix by the afternoon, but overall we’ll look to stay nice and seasonable once again. High temperatures will be slightly warmer in the mid to upper 50s.
Wednesday looks to feature much of the same, but with a significant uptick in temperatures. We’ll start out the morning in the low 40s and return to the 60s across much of the region by the second half of the day.
Another frontal system then looks to head our way on Thursday. For now, it looks like this system will bring back the chance for a few showers with not much else. Expect to begin the day in the upper 40s and top out in the upper 60s.