"First Alert Weather Day" in effect: Heavy rain and strong storms possible

Posted May 24, 2017

Memorial Day Monday looks drier, with the chance for isolated rain showers, and high temperatures around 79 degrees. Expect "mostly sunny" skies with a seasonal high right around 78°.

Thunderstorms will continue through Tuesday night, all day Wednesday and will remain likely overnight into Thursday morning, according to the weather service. Turning cooler as well - high temps struggle to reach the upper 60s.

Memorial Day: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Wednesday has been declared a Weather Authority Alert Day because of rounds of severe storms that could contain damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 miles per hour, up to 1 inch hail, isolated tornadoes, lightning, and heavy rainfall.

"Along with this rain, expect the air to feel a little chilly as temperatures will be slightly below normal for this time of year", AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said. The high will be 76; after a morning low of 62. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. The steady rain will come to an end, but showers are still likely. The overnight low will be 65. Still scattered rain and thunderstorm chances Saturday, and Sunday, which could have an impact on the Parade and Indy 500.

Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. The rain risk will be 30 percent. Mostly cloudy; high of 71. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

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Thursday Night.Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Strong to severe thunderstorms anticipated with each wave Wednesday and Wednesday night.

On Sunday morning, the chance for rain and storms returns to north Alabama.

If you planned to call in sick so you could sunbathe Tuesday, rethink your plans: Tuesday's weather is not expected to be as warm as Monday's 85-degree high.

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