Latest on Tropical Storm Debby…Better News For AL Gulf Coast… Very Hot Weather Ahead! Monday Afternoon Forecast 4pm
June 25, 2012 Leave a comment
Good Monday afternoon to you! We’ve been watching Tropical Storm Debby very close over the past few days, so we’ll start with that. If you have beach plans to the Alabama Gulf Coast and points east to Panama City over the next few days and into the weekend, look for improving conditions. The sun is shining in areas west of Panama City, as the core of the stronger winds and very heavy rain has shifted into the big bend of Florida and the central part of that state. Debby is catching the trough and slowly moving northeast, so that will continue to take the unsettled weather away from Alabama’s Gulf Coast and the northwest portion of the Florida Panhandle. The storm continues to battle wind shear and dry air, so strengthening isn’t expected. Even with nicer weather making a return to the Alabama Gulf Coast, high rip current danger will continue through Thursday. There have been fatalities along the gulf coast due to the large waves and rip current, so please stay out of the water until the system continues to move east and the rough gulf calms down a bit. Seas should subside in areas west of Panama City on Wednesday and Thursday. A passing shower is still possible in these areas, but heavy rain is unlikely now. This is all great news if you have plans to the coast this week and weekend! Please note that dangerous conditions are still continuing for areas east of Panama City with heavy rain, the risk of tornadoes and gusty winds. Winds in the Gulf Shores to Destin areas are gusting to 35mph now, but the wind will gradually calm down on Wednesday and Thursday.
As for Central Alabama, we’re dealing with the dry and hot northwest side of Debby. Winds are a little gusty this afternoon due to the pressure gradient between the low to our southeast and high to the northwest. Winds will gust to 25 mph for the rest of the afternoon, on Tuesday and Wednesday. The wind is helping the comfort factor a little this afternoon, but it is still very hot. Tuscaloosa is reporting 100 at 4pm and Fayette is reporting 104! This is dangerous heat, so remain indoors or drink lots of water and stay hydrated. The map above shows the 4pm heat index values across our area. This is a combination of temperatures and moisture. These are very dangerous levels, with 110 being reported in Fayette and Sulligent. Due to these high levels, there is a heat advisory in west Alabama through this evening.
Temperatures will gradually cool this evening, with lower 80s by 10pm and middle 70s at midnight. We will only fall to 70 at daybreak tomorrow morning, so it’s not going to get all that cool. The north wind will pull dry air into Alabama on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ll catch a break in the humidity both Tuesday and Wednesday, but it will return late in the week. Highs will come down a touch, with highs in the middle 90s. Skies will remain mostly sunny today through next weekend. There is no risk of rain across our area until Friday.
The ridge will build back into the area on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Look for temperatures these days to top out between 100 and 104. Heat index will top 110 at times late this week and into the weekend. Overnight lows will warm into the lower 70s again in time for the weekend. A passing afternoon storm is possible, but don’t expect a high risk of rain…
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