Saturday Afternoon Weather Discussion – 5:25 p.m.

A good Saturday to you! Another hot and humid day was experienced across Alabama, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees in places. Heat index values were in the 105 to 110 degree range during the peak heating. There are some thunderstorms over southern Tennessee and north Alabama. These storms are drifting southward, and could move into our northern counties before dissipating. Don’t expect a washout today, but a storm or two is possible. Temperatures will gradually cool down into the upper 70s at midnight. After lows in the lower 70s tonight, temperatures will quickly rebound into the upper 90s to 100 degree range. Take it extra easy if you have outdoor plans because it will be dangerously hot. Heat index values will top out near 107.

A cold front is on the way, which will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night into Monday morning. Skies will gradually clear out Monday, with much lower humidity values moving in. The dry, continental air will certainly serve as a break from the humid weather. Temperatures will stay in the lower 90s for the early and middle of next week. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings will be rather pleasant, with lows in the middle to upper 60s. Dry weather will continue through Thursday, before showers and thunderstorms move in on Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will remain in the lower 90s.

The tropics have become interesting, with an area of low pressure developing in the western Caribbean. The disturbance will move into the Gulf of Mexico later tonight. The environment is becoming more favorable for development, and the water temperatures are very warm in the southern gulf. There’s a good chance that we will be dealing with a tropical depression of storm in the next 24 to 48 hours. The big question then turns to the track and intensity. Some models turn it northeastward in advance of our eastern US trough. Other models nearly stall it in the central gulf, which would make for more uncertainties. Be sure to keep it here with WVUA as we let you know the latest developments on the tropics. Also, join me tonight at 10 p.m. for your weather forecast on WVUA-TV.

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Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA-TV’s Weekend Weather Anchor