FIRST ALERT: Hot weather locally, active across the tropics
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - After seeing a few isolated thundershowers across east Alabama this afternoon, all is quiet on First Alert AccuTrack tonight. Enjoy a clear starry sky overnight though still staying mild and humid with lows falling to near 70 for Wednesday morning. Once again, we have a First Alert for afternoon highs climbing into the mid 90s for Wednesday and Thursday. With the humidity, feels-like temperatures will easily climb into the upper 90s if not triple digits again. Rain chances are still next to none with plenty of sunshine in place and just a few clouds around during the heat of the day.
Our Next Big Thing is a cold front moving toward the Southeast that will bring another refreshing dose of dry air for the end of the work week -- just as we bid farewell to summer and say hello to fall! Prior to, a stray shower or storm will be possible Thursday afternoon, but the front will lack moisture, so a lot of us will just end up staying dry and muggy during the day. High temperatures will drop a good 10 degrees from Thursday afternoon into Friday afternoon, setting up for a nice evening for some Friday night football! Lots of dry, pleasant sunshine around for Friday afternoon -- a trend that will carry into the start of the weekend. Temperatures will drop into the upper 50s and low 60s for Friday and Saturday morning, putting a little taste of fall in the air. Highs rebound into the mid to upper 80s on Saturday.
A brief surge of moisture will move back into central Alabama on Sunday ahead of a second cold front will heading tour way for the latter half of the weekend. So, Sunday will be more humid with highs in the mid to upper 80s. Before the front moves through, expect bringing a better chance of showers and storms from Sunday afternoon into early Monday morning. Lows will go from the 60s on Sunday and Monday back into the 50s by Tuesday with highs near 80 and more sunshine gradually returning.
Meanwhile, Hurricane Fiona continues to strengthen as it moves away from the Turks and Caicos tonight. Fiona will likely become a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, then making a beeline over open water toward Bermuda. The center of Fiona will likely pass to the west of Bermuda, but could still lash the island with heavy rainfall and strong winds on the east side of the storm Thursday into Friday. Eventually, the storm will move toward northeast Canada by the weekend though without its “tropical” characteristics. Tropical Storm Gaston also formed in the northern Atlantic today, but will remain and fish storm and have no impact on the U.S. We do have a First Alert though for a disturbance approaching the Lesser Antilles that has a high chance of development over the next couple of days. Model consensus seems to favor a path farther into the Caribbean, and perhaps eventually nearing the Gulf of Mexico or western Atlantic. Lots of uncertainty still, but we will want to keep a close eye on the progress of this storm 7-10 days from now.
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