FIRST ALERT: Heat index levels in the 90s with spotty afternoon storms this weekend

Published: Aug. 26, 2022 at 5:58 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2022 at 9:24 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - FIRST ALERT for areas of fog forming through Saturday morning. Temperatures will start in the upper 60s and lower 70s. Puffy clouds will develop during the day and the coverage of showers, and a few storms looks to climb to 30%. Highs in the upper 80s and feeling in the middle 90s. Sunday could end up a little wetter, with the coverage increasing to 40%. No need to cancel outdoor plans for the threat of rain and storms though. The best chance to see rain will be in the afternoon and early evening hours. Remember to seek shelter and go inside if you hear thunder or see lightning.

The warm and muggy pattern will stay with us going into next week. Temperatures will be near average, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the lower 70s. Rain chances next week will increase to 40% as we head into Monday and Tuesday. Our weather models hint that another weak cold front could impact us as we head into September. The second half of next week could trend slightly drier, but it all depends on how far south the front moves through Central Alabama. We’ll hold on to a 20-30% chance for showers and storms Wednesday through Friday of next week.

The National Hurricane Center continues to monitor two tropical waves in the Atlantic. The first tropical wave impacted the Windward Islands yesterday and has made its way into the eastern Caribbean. It remains very disorganized with limited thunderstorms. If this system can hold itself together, environmental conditions could become more favorable as it moves into the western Caribbean. The chance to develop over the next five days remains at 20%. It’ll be something to watch over the next seven days, but it has no immediate concerns to the United States. The second tropical wave located in the eastern Atlantic Ocean has a 30% chance to develop into a tropical depression or storm in the next five days. Our long-range models are more aggressive on this system developing next week. It remains too early to know if it’ll impact the United States.

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