Alabama Weather Update: Southern Sunshine and Sweater Weather

Alabama Weather Update: Happy Wednesday,  The day’s kicking off with a mix of temperatures, some places in the comfy 50s and 60s, while others like Gadsden and Jasper are rocking the upper 40s and lower 50s. If you’re stepping out, a light jacket might be a good sidekick.

Checking out the First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar, it’s mostly clear and dry. High pressure is doing its thing, keeping us warmer than usual with southeast winds at 5 to 10 mph and gusts up to 15 mph.

Hold up, there’s a heads-up from the Alabama Forestry Commission—they’ve slapped a Fire Alert on all of north and central Alabama. No burn permits are a go, folks. Let’s keep things from sparking up. Low humidity and drought conditions mean wildfires and brush fires are no strangers these days.

Now, let’s talk sunshine! This afternoon is looking mostly sunny with highs in the lower 80s. Some extra clouds might join the party in east Alabama in the evening, but no rain RSVPs. If you’ve got evening plans, expect temperatures to chill into the upper 60s by 7 to 8 p.m., with a partly cloudy vibe.

Unseasonably warm vibes are the weekend plans—dry and warm. Partly cloudy skies, morning lows in the lower 60s, and highs doing the low to mid 80s dance. The weekend might even flirt with record high territory. Just a heads-up, keep the outdoor burning on hold as humidity stays low and we keep the dry streak alive. Our average high for late October is 73, but we’re looking at a cozy 10 to 12 degrees above average through Sunday.

Magic City Classic in the forecast! If you’re heading to the Magic City Classic on Saturday, expect a nice scene. The morning parade in downtown Birmingham is set for a partly cloudy setup, starting in the 60s. The big game at Legion Field in the afternoon calls for sunglasses, hats, and maybe a bit of summertime dress code. Kickoff temps likely in the low-to-mid 80s, making it a warm (borderline hot for late October) football day, minus rain or freezing temps.

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The next big story? Brace for impact next week with a mighty cold front marching in. Latest models hint at it rolling into central Alabama next Monday, October 30. Early Monday morning might snag our high temperatures, with a nosedive into the 50s by Monday evening.

Rain chances are a bit shy, so drought relief isn’t the headline. Monday afternoon might see a sprinkle in northwest Alabama. Keep an eye on the timing; it’s still doing its dance. Halloween? It’s shaping up to be mostly dry and cold. Highs might hang around the upper 50s, and Tuesday and Wednesday could wake up to 30s and 40s.

Speaking of storms, Hurricane Tammy’s flexing her muscles, hitting Category 2 with winds at 100 mph. She’s strutting northeast at 10 mph, eye game strong. She’s gearing up to peak in strength, then a slow samba into the weekend. Bermuda, keep an eye out—Tammy might bring some heavy rain and gusty winds your way. The rest of the Atlantic’s keeping it chill for now. Hurricane season bows out on November 30.

Our Reader’s Queries

What is the coldest month in Alabama?

January is typically the chilliest month, but there isn’t a significant variation from mid-December to mid-February. Winters, in general, are quite gentle. Even during cold snaps, it’s rare for the temperature to stay below freezing all day.

What is below freezing in Alabama?

Frost forms when it’s chilly, like dew, but the temperature drops below freezing (32°F).

Does Alabama have snow?

Birmingham, Alabama has been without a significant snowfall for 2,200 days as of Sunday, December 17th. Although there was a small half-inch snowfall in January 2022, substantial snow has been scarce. In fact, Birmingham’s longest stretch without one inch of snow was for 3,320 days, spanning from January 28, 2000, to March 1, 2009.

Is it going to be a cold winter for Alabama?

In the coming winter, expect the north to be chillier and the south to be warmer than usual. Brace yourself for the coldest times in late December, early January, late January, and early February.