FIRST ALERT: Drier, milder beginning to the weekend

WBRC Saturday weather update
Published: Aug. 13, 2022 at 6:17 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2022 at 8:30 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - A front has stalled to the south and east across the state this morning and drier air continues to filter slowly into the region. Lower dew point temperatures are indicating the drier air is overspreading the area and this is expected to continue through tonight. However, even with the lower dew points temperatures will still warm to near 90 this afternoon, although it won’t be nearly so humid. The boundary will shift back to the north and east tomorrow allowing more humidity to return.

8/13/22 weather
8/13/22 weather(WBRC)

The trend toward increasing moisture will continue Monday as warmer Gulf air returns, then a cold front will move south and align from Northwest to Southeast Alabama which, aided by several weather disturbances rotating through the region, will bring on the development of isolated to scattered showers and storms Monday. A brief push of drier air may return by Tuesday moving more of the rain to the south and west.

An area of low pressure will develop over the eastern part of the country and disturbances will continue to rotate across our region beginning Wednesday. This, coupled with increasing moisture will lead to more instability which could set up the potential for severe storms by mid-week but now this potential still appears low. The forecast for the second half of next week indicates the area of low pressure growing stronger Thursday and Friday which would again lead to above normal rain chances through week’s end.

7 Day forecast, 8/13/22
7 Day forecast, 8/13/22(WBRC)

Meanwhile The National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure located over the northwestern Gulf of Mexico is producing limited shower activity. Development of this system, if any, is expected to be slow to occur while it moves slowly west southwestward at 5 to 10 mph and approaches the Texas coast today and tonight, then moves inland over southern Texas on Sunday. Regardless of development, locally heavy rains are possible along portions of the Texas coast through the weekend. An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft is scheduled to investigate this system later today, if necessary. NHC says there is a 10% chance for development into a named storm at the moment.

8/13/22 weather
8/13/22 weather(WBRC)

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