This evening: partly cloudy and muggy. Low temperatures will be in the lower to mid 70s.

July 4th: Thursday will remain warm and humid, but we have an increased chance of scattered storms in the afternoon and early evening. High temperatures will be in the mid 90s with a heat index of 105-110°. The storms should end in time for the fireworks around 9 PM for Central Alabama with muggy temperatures in the 80s.

Friday will remain warm and humid before a cold front moves into Alabama from the northwest. This front will bring scattered showers and storms. A few storms could be strong with heavy rain and gusty winds. High temperatures will be in the low 90s and the heat index will be 100-105° before the storms arrive.

Weekend Outlook: The cold front will remain in south-central Alabama this weekend, which will keep storms at bay. Saturday and Sunday will be partly cloudy, warm and humid with a few showers and storms each day. Highs will be in the low 90s on Saturday and in the mid 90s on Sunday. The heat index will be in the 100-105° range.

Following the Tropics: Powerful Category 4 Hurricane Beryl continues to track the southern coast of Jamaica with sustained winds of 140 mph. The hurricane will move from WNW across the central Caribbean to the NW Caribbean over the next few days. Beryl will encounter strong westerly wind shear, causing the hurricane to slowly weaken to a high-end Category 1 by the time it makes landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula early Friday morning. It will move over land and into the Bay of Campeche, where it is expected to weaken to a tropical storm. The storm is forecast to regain hurricane status before making landfall again Sunday near the northern Mexico-Texas border. Eventually, the inland remnants of Beryl could bring rain to the Gulf Coast states early next week.

Invest 96L, a tropical wave, is producing disorganized thunderstorms. Development, if any, will be slow over the next few days as the wave battles Saharan Dust and rides in the wake of Beryl. This system will bring rain to the Lesser Antilles later this week. NHC gives this system a low chance of development.