FIRST ALERT: Increasing chance of scattered storms, also monitoring a tropical disturbance over the Caribbean

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:02 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 11:39 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The entire area will be dry for the remainder of the night, with a mostly clear sky, and lows in the 70s. Temperature levels will quickly rise into the 90s again on Wednesday, with the heat index topping 100º. We will have more sunshine in the mix; however, scattered showers and storms will be possible in the afternoon.

The chance for afternoon pop-up storms will be on the rise in the days ahead, as a disturbance approaches from the east. We will remain in a broader east to southeast flow, which will keep storms and showers moving in an east to west direction.

I don’t expect an all day type rain. Plan on the typical summer setup, with storm delays remaining temporary. Some storms may be strong, with intense cloud-to-ground lightning and locally heavy rain. The showers and storms will gradually dissipate at night, with lows in the 70s. Daytime temperatures will remain near the average high of 90º through the weekend.

FIRST ALERT FOR ANOTHER TROPICAL SYSTEM IN THE GULF: We are monitoring a non-tropical low east of Florida. This disturbance will move in our direction and help enhance the coverage of scattered storms by the end of the week, especially along the Gulf Coast. A strong tropical wave over the Caribbean has a 60% chance of becoming better organized within the next five days. Some of the global data takes this system towards Texas by early next week. Be sure to check in for updates as we monitor this system. We will also post frequent updates on the First Alert Weather App.

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