FIRST ALERT: Cooler mornings and less humid; weather still active in the tropics

Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 5:55 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 9, 2021 at 9:41 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - THE NEXT 24 HOURS: The sky will remain mostly clear through tonight, with low temperatures ranging from upper 50s to lower 60s in the morning. The fall-feel will certainly be in the air for the start of our Friday, with lows running five to ten degrees below average. The pleasant weather will continue throughout the day, with a north breeze, sunshine, and highs in the low 80s. Temperatures will tumble into the 70s tomorrow evening, making for a perfect night for High School Football.

THE WEEKEND: Dry weather will be the story for this weekend, with cooler 60s in the early morning hours. We will experience a big warm-up in the afternoon hours, with highs in the middle to upper 80s. If you are visiting Auburn or Tuscaloosa for the college football games, don’t forget the sunscreen. The sky will remain mostly sunny, with a clearing sky during the overnight hours. I’m also expecting sunshine in Athens for the UAB game, with temperatures in the 80s at kickoff time.

WATCHING THE GULF: The tropical system Mindy has moved over the Atlantic and this system will continue moving away from the U.S. The large Hurricane Larry over the Atlantic will be moving north and could impact southeast Newfoundland later tomorrow. The hurricane force winds with this system extend out nearly 100 miles, with tropical storm force winds extending out over 200 miles. Both Mindy and Larry will stay well away from our region over the coming days. Global data is picking up on another tropical disturbance over the Caribbean that could become better organized over the western Gulf within the next five days. The chance for development within the next five days is 30%.

The muggy air will be returning to our area early next week, so plan for a much hotter feel by Monday afternoon, and especially on Tuesday. We will also see the return of scattered showers and storms for the start of next week. I’ll have more specifics on rain chances and updates on the tropics in First Alert Weather, starting at 9PM.

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