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James Spann: Warm, dry weekend ahead for Alabama; a few showers by Thursday

James Spann forecasts a warm weekend for Alabama from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

WARM AFTERNOONS: Dry weather will continue across Alabama through Sunday with mostly sunny days and fair nights. The high will be in the low 80s for most communities today, followed by mid 80s Saturday and Sunday. It will be the warmest weekend so far this year and a nice summer preview. Despite the warmth, no records are in danger; here are the record highs over the next three days:

  • Today (April 22) — 90 in 1987
  • Saturday (April 23) — 90 in 1896
  • Sunday (April 24) — 90 in 1925

NEXT WEEK: A weakening cold front will bring a few showers to the state Monday night and Tuesday; with limited moisture and dynamic support, rain amounts should be one-quarter inch or less. The weather will be dry Wednesday through Friday. Highs drop into the 70s during midweek, but then we rise back into the 80s by Thursday and Friday. There’s still no sign of any severe weather threats for Alabama through the first few days of May.RACE WEEKEND: The weather will be warm and dry over the weekend at Talladega. For the Geico 500 Sunday, the sky will be partly to mostly sunny with temperatures between 82 and 85 degrees. Morning lows at the Superspeedway will be close to 60 degrees.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: The Birmingham Stallions will host the Houston Gamblers Saturday (6 p.m. kickoff at Protective Stadium); the sky will be mostly clear with temperatures falling from 83 at kickoff into the upper 70s by the second half.

ON THIS DATE IN 1883: A tornado outbreak from Louisiana to Kansas claimed the lives of at least 127 people and injured more than 800 others. One of the tornadoes destroyed the town of Beauregard, Mississippi.

ON THIS DATE IN 1997: An EF-2 tornado moved through Rainsville in Dekalb County. Eleven of 12 police cars were either damaged or destroyed and several of the city’s firetrucks were damaged. Ten people were injured, but there were no deaths. A total of 63 homes and apartments were damaged or destroyed along with 34 businesses.

ON THIS DATE IN 2003: Tropical Storm Ana became the first Atlantic tropical storm since records began in 1871 to form during April. Maximum sustained winds reached 55 mph.

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