Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion

A happy Saturday to you! It looks like we lucked out for the Alabama football game this afternoon, with a lack of rain in the area. The bad news is that with extra sunshine, the temperatures have had time to really heat up; temperatures across the area were in the upper 80s this afternoon. Also, to add the hotter temperatures, the Gulf of Mexico is wide open, pumping lots of tropical moisture into the state; this is all thanks to tropical depression # 9, which is now moving across South Mississippi this afternoon.  

There is not going to be much to change our forecast over the next couple of days. We will continue to have deep tropical moisture in place, which will continue giving us afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs tomorrow will be in the upper 80s. 

You can expect a cold front to stall out just to our north early next week. This will help provide more focus for showers and thunderstorms; I am calling for a 50% of rain and storms on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday, our rainfall chances will be at 40%, with highs continuing to be in the upper 80s. Overnight lows through the week will be on the mild side, with lows in the low 70s. 

For next weekend, we will cut back on our chances of rain, as some drier air slips into the state. Highs will remain very mild, with highs in the upper 80s. 

The tropics bear watching, as we have a tropical disturbance in the Northern Caribbean. This system is expected to move into the southern Gulf over the next day or two, and it will eventually help feed more tropical moisture into the state. This system is not expected to develop into much over the next few days. 

Have a great day!

WVUA Weather: Richard Scott