WEEKEND WARMUP: We are in the chilly 40s this morning, but as we referenced in the Perfect Weather Warning, highs by mid-afternoon will be in the upper 70s for the most part, except over the northeast part of the state where lower 70s will be the norm. Most spots should be in the 50s tonight. The norm on Sunday will be high temps in the 80s. Hardly a cloud today and barely much more than that on Sunday.
WEEK AHEAD: Monday looks ideal as well with highs in the 80s. Tuesday will feature an approaching cold front, but only Northwest Alabama will feel the effects of it, in the form of late day rain chances. Those rain chances will shift southeastward with time, For the I-20 corridor, the best chances will be in the late Wednesday through early Thursday time frame. After the front makes it through Thursday, a cool down will push temperatures back to seasonable levels.
BEACHCAST: Mostly sunny through tomorrow with highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Monday and Tuesday will feature more in the way of clouds, but similar temperatures. Small rain chances will return to the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday along the beautiful beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida. Water temps have been dropping and are now a bracing 70F.
DANCING WITH THE STATS: It was hot across the Central Plains on Friday. The 89F at Goodland KS was a record for the date.
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