FIRST ALERT: Cooler mornings on the way and the possibility of another major hurricane in the Atlantic

Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:12 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - We still have a few isolated showers on radar tonight and this activity will gradually diminish by midnight. A cold front is on the way and this will bring the return of much drier air. We will wake-up to temperatures in the 60s, with highs in the low to middle 80s tomorrow. It’s going to be a picture-perfect Thursday, with lots of sunshine.

THE REST OF THE WORKWEEK AND LABOR DAY WEEKEND: The very nice and tranquil weather will continue into the weekend, with a mostly sunny sky for Friday and Saturday. We could see a few upper 50s on the temperature map in some areas Friday morning. Otherwise, lows will be in the 60s for most locations, with highs in the 80s. The weather will be perfect for High School Football Friday night. I also expect dry weather in Auburn on Saturday, with nice weather for Alabama fans tailgating in Atlanta on Saturday. High temperatures will near 87º in both Auburn and Atlanta on Saturday.

Another cold front will reach the area late on Sunday. I’m expecting dry weather for most of the day, but I do want to give you the first alert for the possibility of a few scattered storms or showers in the afternoon and evening. You will also notice an increase in muggy levels by the end of the weekend, with highs in the upper 80s. Labor Day will be very similar, with a few scattered storms and showers possible in the afternoon and evening. This trend looks to continue through the middle of next week.

THE TROPICS: There is a 30% chance of tropical development within the next five days over the far southwest Gulf of Mexico. While no impacts are expected in the near future, we will need to keep an eye on this. If we did see something try to develop, we could see the system move a bit further north later next week. It is just too soon to say for certain and I wouldn’t be too worried about any impacts at this time. If you have a beach trip planned for this weekend, you will be in good shape. The more typical setup is expected for the coast, with highs nearing 90º this weekend, with the chance for isolated afternoon storms starting on Sunday. There will also be a much lower risk for rip currents as water conditions improve. There are other systems way out in the Atlantic, including Larry, which could become a major hurricane. This system is expected to turn towards the central Atlantic over the next five days.

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