Alabama’s big chill is over — for now.
The National Weather Service said a big warmup is in the forecast for Friday across the state following several days of well-below-normal temperatures and an early-season freeze.
High temperatures on Friday are expected to climb into the 70s nearly statewide. Compare that with Tuesday, when many spots in Alabama only made it into the 50s for highs.
Lows tonight will be much more reasonable as well, with only a few places falling into the 30s:
No rain is in the forecast at least through early next week. Look for temperatures to inch up by a degree or two through Sunday.
Some spots may crack 80 degrees starting on Saturday, according to the weather service.
The next solid chance for rain will arrive with a front expected on Tuesday, according to the weather service.
Will the cold return any time soon? Maybe not. The 6- to 10-day outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center favors near-average temperatures with a slight chance for above-average temperatures in Alabama through Oct. 30: