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FIRST ALERT: Tracking storms & an increasing chance for a tropical threat in the Gulf

Published: Aug. 25, 2021 at 5:06 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 8:39 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We continue to track isolated storms tonight and with temperatures still quite warm this evening, we could see some lingering wet weather through midnight.

We will have patchy fog in areas that received rain today with lows in the 70s. We will have another period of hot and mostly sunny weather for tomorrow, with another good chance of scattered storms in the afternoon. The flow pattern is easterly, so when you check the radar, pop-up storms or showers will be moving in a westerly direction.

FIRST ALERT FOR TROPICAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE GULF: It is becoming increasing likely that a tropical depression or tropical storm may form in the Gulf of Mexico. The next two names on the list are Ida and Julian. We’re monitoring a disturbance labeled Invest_99L in the Caribbean. This system is forecast to track northwest towards the western Gulf of Mexico within the next five days. Some of the global data shows this system making a landfall along the coast of Texas or Louisiana early next week. We will need to keep a close eye on this one because there is a chance it could move in our direction after it makes a landfall. I’ve raised our rain chance for next Tuesday and Wednesday, but keep in mind the forecast is fluid based on how this system evolves. There is another disturbance over the Atlantic that could become a named storm soon, so I can’t say which name the gulf system will receive, as it will depend on which storm develops first. Be sure to check our First Alert Weather app for updates in the days ahead.

THE REST OF THE WEEK: The tropical system won’t impact our weather through this weekend. We will continue to have periods of hot, humid, and sunny weather, with scattered storms, mainly in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will be close to average, nearing 90º, with overnight lows in the 70s.

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