DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN)- The summer solstice officially beings today at 10:54 AM (CT). The heat is on! There will be 14 hours of daylight within 24 hours for Friday. This will be the longest day of sunlight that we will have this year. The summer solstice occurs when the Earth has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It occurs twice in a year, once in the Northern and once in the Southern hemisphere.
Friday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with some isolated showers and thunderstorms developing along the Panhandle and a few of those could drift northward. As we go into the evening hours, those storms will lose their daytime heating and dissipate. Rain chances will be at 30% for Friday.
Summer is right on cue! For the weekend, temperatures will top out in the upper 90s with heat indices in the triple digits. We will be mainly dry as well as an upper level high pressure system builds in from the east. While we are in our typical summertime pattern, we cannot rule out an isolated storm or two each afternoon as the sea breeze front kicks in. Rain chances will top out at 20%.