Warm and wet forecast for week ahead

Published 4:55 pm Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The weather will be wet and warm this week for those living in Chilton County.

“It is looking like we will have fairly decent rain chances for the foreseeable future,” said meteorologist Aaron Gleason with the National Weather Service in Calera. “There is a 40-to 50-percent chance of rain in the forecast each day leading up to Sunday.”

Although rainfall totals are slightly below normal for Chilton County this year, Gleason said the rainfall expected this week should make up for the below normal rainfall totals in June and July.

“I know some people haven’t seen a whole lot of rain in recent months, but hopefully folks across the county will be able to get some rainfall with this forecast. If you don’t get rain on one day, you have at least four other chances for rainfall this week.”

Average rainfall for this time of year in Chilton County is 40 inches, according to Gleason.

The current rainfall average is 37 inches compared to 50 inches in 2013.

“Last year, we had an unusually wet year,” Gleason said.

Although rain is expected to be in the forecast for the rest of the week, Gleason said temperatures should still stay in the upper 80s or low 90s this week.

“August tends to be one of our warmest months of the year,” Gleason said. “I don’t expect the temperature pattern to really change in the next week, or really in the next couple of weeks. Everything should stay pretty warm even into September.”

On Thursday, temperatures should reach 90 degrees or higher with overnight lows around 72 degrees and a 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

A 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is predicted mainly after 11 a.m. on Friday with a high near 89.

There is a 40-percent chance of rain for the weekend with temperatures expected to reach 90 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday and overnight lows around 70 degrees.