Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

You know times are tough when a forecast of isolated showers and 90 degree temperatures looks pleasing. The extreme heat and drought is certainly taking its toll on Alabama. Highs today topped the century mark, breaking the latest record for the date of 98 degrees. Tonight we won’t have much relief with lows in the 70s and tomorrow the triple digit heat will again make its mark. A heat advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service and this alert will be in place through tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Even though we’ve become quite accustomed to the oppressive heat, plan on taking it extra easy out there tomorrow and try to tackle strenuous activities early in the day.

The outlook on rain doesn’t look good at this time due to the Bermuda high. A lone shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out in the afternoon however, we won’t be getting what we’re looking for. The ridge is diverting all of the good rainy weather north of us and this is causing problems in other parts of the country. Tonight at five and six I’m planning on showing you video of the deadly floods that have impacted parts of Ohio.

The ridge will start to breakdown this weekend and this will allow for a better coverage of scattered afternoon thunderstorms. Like last weekend, some of the storms could be strong. A front will also be dropping southward and this will help trigger some storms that could work into the viewing area by Sunday.

Dean made another landfall today around 11:30 a.m. local time, north of Veracruz, Mexico. Dean was a category two at the time of landfall and now the system is weakening over the high terrain of Mexico. The remnant energy with Dean will eventually end up in the southwest U.S. Beyond that point the energy will be heading towards the Central Plains, with more rain. There is another tropical wave we’re monitoring near the Bahamas and this feature is not showing signs of organization. Join us tonight for more details!

Chief Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
WVUA-TV Weather

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