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The Weather Authority | Pleasant Days, Chilly Nights

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SEVERE CLEAR: Temperatures are around 70 degrees this afternoon across North/Central Alabama under a cloudless sky. The average high for October 17 (for Birmingham) is 75. And, we note it was as cold as 39 degrees in Alabama this morning…that was the low at Cullman and Black Creek.

Tonight will be much like last night; most places wind up in the mid 40s early tomorrow morning, with colder pockets closer to 40 degrees.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: Not much change; the fantastic fall weather continues. Mostly sunny pleasant days, clear cool nights. Highs in the 70s tomorrow and Thursday, close to 80 Friday. Lows in the 40s and 50s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Saturday will be dry with sunshine through scattered clouds; the high will be close to 80 degrees. Most of the day Sunday will be dry, although we will mention the chance of isolated showers by afternoon. Showers become more likely Sunday night, possibly into Monday morning ahead of a cold front. Some thunder is possible, but for now severe weather is not expected. Rain amounts of around 1/2 inch can be expected.

FOOTBALL WEATHER: A great night for high school games Friday night; the sky will be clear with temperatures falling from near 72 degrees at kickoff, into the low 60s by the final whistle.

Saturday, Alabama hosts the Tennessee Volunteers (2:30p CT kickoff) at Bryant-Denny Stadium… the game will be played under a partly sunny sky. About 80 degrees at kickoff; mid 70s by the fourth quarter as the sun begins to fade in the west.

Auburn travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to take on the Razorbacks (6:30p CT kickoff)… at this point the weather looks wet and story with showers and thunderstorms likely. Temperatures will fall from near 70 degrees at kickoff, to near 60 degrees by the fourth quarter. Take the rain gear.

UAB will also be on the road; they take on the Charlotte 49ers Saturday (5:30p CT kickoff)… expect a clear sky with temperatures falling from near 71 degrees at kickoff into the low 60s by the final whistle.

NEXT WEEK: Another surge of cool air blows into Alabama by mid-week; the weather looks cool and generally dry after Monday.

TROPICS: All is quiet across the Atlantic basin, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the next five days.

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