Many sections of the country are experiencing heat waves, heat advisories and drought alerts. We are fortunate to have the afternoon showers that break the pattern. Monday’s high was 98, just 2 degrees shy of shattering a record set in 1931. On Tuesday, we were heading to 96 when the 2 o’clock showers entered the area, dropping the temperature to 77. Pockets of showers spilled a trace of rain in some locales with 1.39 inches in the gauge at Metro Airport. Noting the totals, we’re still more than 13 inches below normal to date and down 1.45 inches since June 1. These showers are compliments of the edge of a high pressure ridge, referred to as a “ring of fire,” that increases moisture to activate the storms. Fastcast: Afternoon showers.

Thunderstorms likely after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, hot. High near 95. Heat index values as high as 107. Rain chance: 70 percent. Calm winds becoming westerly at 5 mph. Tonight: 30 percent chance of showers. Low about 76. Southwesterly windd 5 mph.