FIRST ALERT: Hot and dry stretch through mid-week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A few isolated thundershowers managed to creep their way into east Alabama from Georgia tonight, but our First Alert AccuTrack Satellite and Radar shows them fizzling out this evening. So, expect a mostly clear sky overnight with lows falling into the upper 60s and low 70s by tomorrow morning. The weather pattern looks mainly dry through the middle of the week with only a stray shower or storm possible during the heat of the day under a partly cloudy sky. The heat and humidity will begin to crank up though with highs on the other side of 90 degrees through Thursday. Morning lows will stay mild near 70 degrees.
By Thursday, the high pressure ridge begins to break down as a cool front moves back across the state. Rain coverage will go up to around 30-40% by Thursday afternoon and evening with some showers and storms in the mix. We don’t expect any severe weather issues at this time. A few lingering showers will be possible for areas south early Friday, but the weather will trend drier as we head into the weekend. The front won’t cool us down too much; highs will fall into the mid 80s again on Friday with mornings comfortable in the low to mid 60s over the weekend. As of right now, weekend rain chances don’t look promising. The forecast looks hot and dry with highs in the upper 80s and low 90s under a mix of sun and clouds.
TRACKING THE TROPICS: Hurricane Agatha made landfall in southwestern Mexico this afternoon as a Category 2 hurricane. Though Agatha will continue to weaken as it moves inland across Mexico, its remnants could reemerge in the Bay of Campeche over the next few days, and the National Hurricane Center has highlighted this area for a medium chance of tropical development through the end of the week. Though a Gulf system hasn’t technically formed yet (and thus our forecast models won’t have a good handle on the eventual track and intensity until that happens), the atmospheric set-up late week should favor any system staying well to our south over the Florida Peninsula. So, if you have vacation plans in the Florida Panhandle this weekend, we don’t see any cause for concern at this time. If you have any travel plans to central or south Florida though over the weekend or early next week, we can’t rule out at least some rain around if a tropical system is in the vicinity. So, stay up to date on the WBRC First Alert Weather App!
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