FIRST ALERT: More scattered storms and showers through the weekend

Tropical Storm threat along the Gulf Coast
Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 5:20 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 12, 2021 at 8:35 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Most of the area is dry tonight. I can’t rule out a lingering shower or storm impacting southeast areas through midnight. There are also a few isolated showers over far west Alabama. Otherwise, the sky will be partially to mostly clear.

If you are up before sunrise look to the sky for the Perseid Meteor Shower. The annual event is in its peak, with the possibility of seeing over 40 shooting stars per hour. The best times for viewing are between midnight and dawn, although you may see an earth-grazer in the evening sky. Highs will be back in the 90s on Friday, with the heat index topping 100º. Scattered thunderstorms will be redeveloping, especially after lunchtime.

THE WEEKEND: Daytime temperatures will reach near seasonal levels this weekend with highs in the low 90s. The heat index could top 100º at times. A front will be moving into the northern part of our area and stalling. This will keep our rain chances elevated, with scattered storms likely in the afternoons and evenings. I don’t expect an organized severe weather setup, but this will continue the typical summer risk for a few stronger afternoon storms. So stay alert for the threat of frequent lightning, gusty winds, and localized flooding.

FIRST ALERT FOR A TROPICAL STORM IN THE GULF: Fred has struggled to remain organized today due to interaction with land in the northern Caribbean. The system is expected to become a tropical storm again as it enters the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. The forecast track still takes this system towards the Florida Panhandle, with a landfall near Apalachicola late Sunday night or early Monday morning. As far as local impacts, this will bring more scattered showers and possibly a few storms on Monday and Tuesday. We should remain on the drier side of the system as Fred tracks to our east. This could actually bring some welcomed heat relief to the area by Tuesday. Another tropical disturbance over the central Atlantic has a 70% chance of becoming better organized. We’ll need to keep a close watch on this systems progress in the days ahead.

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