Cold front ushers in another taste of autumn

Cold front ushers in another taste of autumn

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The sunset in Bagley, looking west. Source: Stan Jackson The sunset in Bagley, looking west. Source: Stan Jackson
Temperatures across the viewing area are expected to be in the 80s around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Temperatures across the viewing area are expected to be in the 80s around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The cold front that pushed through our area Tuesday night has now settled near the Gulf Coast.

We are enjoying another refreshing shot of dry continental air behind the front. While we could certainly use the rain, it's hard to complain about this cooler weather in August.

If you would have asked me several weeks ago what kind of weather to expect on the morning of August 13, I would have likely thrown in one word: humid.

That was far from the case Wednesday morning with a fantastic cool-crisp start to the day. The low Wednesday morning was 64 degrees in Birmingham, 67 degrees in Tuscaloosa, and 69 degrees in Anniston.

One of the coolest locations in the state was Decatur where the low temperatures dropped to 55 degrees.

In the days ahead I would plan on keeping the shades handy! Lots of sunshine will be in the forecast for the remainder of Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

The dry air will warm quickly, with afternoon highs reaching the upper 80s. The good news is that there will be a light northerly breeze that should really help out in the shady areas.

Also, the temperatures will take a nice little tumble around sunset, making for some comfortable evenings.

Back in the 2004, we had a stretch of nights where the temperature tumbled into the low to mid 50s between August 13-15. So we don't expect any new records with this round of cooler weather.

That being said, we will enjoy some very cool starts on Thursday and Friday, with lows in the upper 50s and 60s. Temperatures will be well below the average low of 71 degrees.

A southerly flow pattern will be returning over the weekend and this will bring a big rise in moisture levels with scattered showers and thunderstorms returning.

Join us on Fox6 News for more specifics in our updated seven-day forecast. You can also find more forecast details on our weather blog at http://myfoxtracker.com.

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