It’s beginning to feel a lot like, well, not Christmas.
The last few days of December and the first couple days of January will feature highs of almost 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama. Additionally, we will likely see intermittent showers and thunderstorms for the rest of the week, which may put a damper on some New Year’s festivities.
One bright spot is that Florida is on the outer edge of the storm system blowing through the South over the next few days.
“It appears that the strongest portion of the system will be sliding by to our north, so I think the worst of the weather will probably stay up to the north across the mid-South, portions of north Mississippi and west Tennessee, then north Alabama and middle Tennessee tomorrow,” Jonathan Howell, a NWS meteorologist, said Tuesday. “It looks like we’re kind of on the tail end of everything down here.”
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Howell said the weather will be warm and humid locally, and that atmospheric conditions would likely limit the amount of thunderstorms covering the region.
“With that said, we could still get an isolated thunderstorm that could be strong, producing gusty winds,” Howell noted. “But I think again, the worst of the weather will remain off to our north … and we’re going to be left with just scattered showers. A few thunderstorms, mainly below severe limits, and isolated. strong wind gusts can’t be ruled out. And then we’re going to get a continuation of the very warm and humid conditions.”
The high is forecast to be 79 degrees today and 78 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The chance of precipitation is 60% today, 30% on Thursday and Friday, and 50% on Saturday, so it may be wise for revelers to bring an umbrella on New Year’s Eve.
“As we get into Friday evening, there will be scattered showers and maybe an isolated thunderstorm during the evening and overnight on New Year’s Eve,” Howell said. “Temperatures will be very, very mild. We’re looking at lows in the mid-to-upper 60s into Friday night.”
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According to Howell, a cold front will move into the area late Saturday or early Sunday.
“We’ll probably see our high temperatures early Sunday morning and then temperatures will fall throughout the day,” Howell said. “It will probably start out in the mid and upper 60s early in the morning on Sunday, probably around sunrise, and then as the cold front sweeps through we’ll get gusty northwest winds and temperatures will fall back through the 50s during the day Sunday.
“So a return to winter looks like it will arrive at the end of the holiday weekend, just in time for the new year. It doesn’t look like it sticks around for too, too long, and we will start a gradual warm-up again as we get into next week.”