Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:30 PM

A good Friday to you! We’re baking in the heat again today due to a powerful summer ridge. This ridge has kept us hot and dry over the past few days, but we will notice some changes in the forecast as we get into the weekend. As the ridge breaks down a bit, tropical storm Bonnie will lift in from the Gulf of Mexico. Although Bonnie is weak, she’s causing some big headaches in terms of the oil recovery operation. Be sure to tune into WVUA News at 4, 5, 6 and 10 for the latest on that.

As Bonnie moves in our general direction, we’ll notice more clouds and showers in our area. In-fact, there’s a good chance of rain on Sunday for areas south of Demopolis. Rain chance is at 40% for the Tuscaloosa area. While the Alabama Gulf Coast is expecting some gusty winds, we aren’t expecting anything major. In-fact, Bonnie is forecasted to come on shore late Saturday night as a tropical storm. Since Bonnie is so small, it will only be a temporary problem for the immediate coastline. We are not forecasting any major effects in the Tuscaloosa area. The only difference in our weather will be an increase in shower activity. The gulf water temperatures are very warm, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on any quick changes.

Once the gulf low moves inland and weakens, our rain chances dwindle down early next week. There will still be lots of tropical moisture in the area, so shower and storms are still possible during the afternoon hours. Rain chances are between 20 and 30%. Highs next week will gradually warm back into the upper 90s as the ridge re-organizes overhead.

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist

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