This is a look at the predicted three-hour rainfall totals.
Live radar from 4:32 a.m. Tuesday shows lightning across the area.
Radar at 5:25 a.m.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
Our chance for a passing shower or thunderstorm will remain higher than average on Tuesday as a disturbance slowly lifts out of the region.
Similar to Monday's setup, some of the storms could pulse to the severe level with strong winds and frequent lightning.
Once the morning low clouds burn off, I expect temperatures to quickly soar into the mid to upper 80s. We're forecasting a high near 90 degrees, but the moisture levels will make it feel even hotter at times.
The temperatures will be the bigger story for the remainder of the week. In fact, models continue to point towards a recipe for a heat wave.
A broad upper level ridge of high pressure is expected to build over the state Wednesday and Thursday. This will greatly reduce the number of storms and allow the heat to build.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The sky will become partly to mostly sunny on Wednesday and Thursday with high temperatures soaring into the mid to upper 90s. Some of the hottest weather will be during the Friday through Sunday time frame when highs could near 100 degrees in some areas.
If possible, I would plan on reaching the job site an hour or two earlier over the next few mornings. I would also pack a few extra bottles of ice water.
"Feels like" temperatures will easily rise above 100 degrees in many locations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The extreme heat could trigger a stray shower or storm in the late afternoon but the warmer air aloft will greatly reduce the number of pop-ups.
Here are some other great safety tips to help you beat the heat in the days ahead:
-Wear cool, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
-Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the peak heating of the day (take frequent breaks).
-If you do not have an AC, keep rooms well ventilated and consider going to a public pool, air conditioned building, or cooling center.
-Stay well hydrated (avoid heavy meals and drinks with alcohol or caffeine).
-Protect the face and head, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
-Check on neighbors, friends, and family to make sure they have a cool shelter.
-NEVER leave children or pets alone in a parked vehicle.
-Ensure pets have a cool shelter and plenty of water.