More above-average temperatures are forecast for Alabama today, and heat advisories will be in effect for most of the state.
Air temperatures are expected to climb into the mid to high 90s statewide today, and those readings combined with high humidity will make it feel even hotter outside.
Here are the high temperatures forecast for today:
Typical high temperatures in Alabama for this time of year are in the 80s to 90s, according to data from the National Weather Service.
The heat index, or temperatures that “feel like,” are expected to rise even higher, from 105 to 110 degrees, in most of the state today, according to the weather service.
There won’t be much relief at night either, with lows only hitting the 70s.
Why is it so hot? The blame lies with a high-pressure bubble that is anchored over the region and is bringing warm weather to a large area of the US, according to the weather service. That high level is expected to help keep temperatures elevated during the work week.
There will be a slightly better chance for a shower or storm today. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has added a Level 1 of 5 risk of severe weather for parts of eastern Alabama for today, meaning isolated severe storms are possible:
The strongest storms could bring damaging winds, heavy rain and lightning, but they could also temporarily drop temperatures by a few degrees.
Here’s a look at today’s heat advisories for Alabama:
A heat advisory will be in effect from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both today and Wednesday for much of northern Alabama, according to the National Weather Service in Huntsville.
The counties on the notice are Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Cullman.
The heat index could reach 107 degrees both this afternoon and Wednesday, forecasters said.
A heat advisory will be in effect for all of central Alabama all day today and through 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham.
The counties in the notice are Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Blount, Etowah, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Clay, Randolph, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Bibb, Chilton, Coosa, Tallapoosa, Chambers, Marengo, Dallas, Autauga, Lowndes, Elmore, Montgomery, Macon, Bullock, Lee, Russell, Pike, and Barbour.
The weather service said the heat index could range from 104 to 107 degrees this afternoon.
A heat advisory will be in effect for parts of southwestern Alabama from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
The counties on the advisory in southwestern and south-central Alabama are Wilcox, Monroe, Conecuh, Butler, Crenshaw, Escambia, and Covington.
The heat index could exceed 108 degrees in those areas.
Another heat advisory will be in effect for southeastern Alabama from 10 a.m. CDT to 7 p.m. CDT today, according to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida.
The southeastern Alabama counties on the advisory are Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston.
The weather service said the heat index could reach 105 to 110 degrees in those counties this afternoon.