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FIRST ALERT: Hotter days ahead and more scattered afternoon storms through the weekend

Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 5:19 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2021 at 9:27 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We’re monitoring two tropical disturbances over the Atlantic Basin. One system will lift towards the eastern Caribbean within the next five days, with only a 20% chance of development. The other system is a strong easterly wave that will soon enter the far eastern Atlantic, with a 70% chance of becoming better organized. As we continue through the month of August, the tropics usually become more active. However, if you have a trip to the coast planned for this weekend, I wouldn’t worry about any impacts from either system. The forecast along the coast will feature highs near 90º this weekend with the seasonal risk for scattered storms.

The next big thing will be the building heat levels over the next few days. We will have another mix of clouds and sunshine for most of the day on Friday; however, scattered thunderstorms will be developing in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be closing in on 90º. Heat levels will continue to build this weekend with highs in the low 90s. We’ll also see the heat index back in the triple digit range for some areas. Isolated storms and showers will be possible. I think we could see a slightly greater coverage on Saturday, with fewer storms on Sunday. If you are attending the Alabama Concert at Oak Mountain Saturday night, plan for a hot and muggy evening, but also check the radar.

NEXT WEEK: The weather story won’t change much next week. I’m seeing more 90s in the long range, with temperatures possibly touching 95º in a few locations by Tuesday and Wednesday. The chance for scattered showers and storms will continue for the afternoon and evening hours. Broad ridging over the region should keep rain chances limited to scattered development through the middle of next week.

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