Sunshine is returning this afternoon, but clouds and rain are not far away in the forecast.

Clouds are starting to break across the area this afternoon. We’re not fully sunny by any means, but we are starting to see some patches of blue sky and sunshine, and this is allowing temperatures to warm into the mid to upper 60s in many places. A few locations down in north Alabama, such as the Muscle Shoals airport and over in Decatur, have already hit 70 degrees this afternoon. The system that brought the rain to the area the last couple of days has shifted off to our east, and we are in between storm systems with our next big weather maker arriving late Thursday night and through Friday.

Daytime highs for most of the area today will top out roughly between the mid 60s and the lower 70s with the partly sunny skies we have in place now. We stay partly cloudy overnight, and temperatures drop back into the low to mid 50s, although a few locations over southern middle Tennessee might sneak down into the upper 40s.

Daytime highs stay on the warm side in the upper 60s and lower 70s through Friday. We even still make the lower 60s on Saturday, but we have a quick drop to cooler air by Saturday night and Sunday behind a cold front. This system will bring rain and thunderstorms to the area Friday, Friday night, into the morning hours of Saturday. We may see an isolated strong storm with gusty winds during this time, but any organized severe storm risk will be off to our south and southwest where the better instability will be. A few showers will be possible along the warm front as early as tomorrow and tomorrow night. Rain is out of here by Saturday afternoon as the system moves on to the east. Morning lows Sunday will start out near the freezing mark, but we’re into the lower 60s by afternoon, and we quickly return back to the upper 60s and lower 70s by early next week.

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. We “spring forward” one hour at 2:00 AM this coming Sunday morning. Set those clocks forward one hour on the devices that still need to be changed manually before you head to bed Saturday night. This is also the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and your weather radios!

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Ben Luna

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