Monday Afternoon Weather Update – 4:15 PM

A good Monday to you! Our local weather will remain hot through the evening hours. Temperatures will gradually cool into the 80s after sunset. A few scattered storms across northwest Alabama will die out after sunset and skies will become clear overnight. A ridge that is keeping many of hot and dry will continue to plague us with hot weather. The ridge will gradually break down by Thursday and Friday, which may set us up with some interesting changes to the forecast.

Temperatures on Tuesday will approach 100 degrees, with a heat index near 109. This means that temperatures will be dangerously hot outside. Tomorrow kicks off school for many students, so keep in mind heat safety plans. Stay well hydrated by drinking lots of water. As the ridge breaks down a bit on Thursday and Friday, tropical activity could make it into south Alabama. What could become Tropical Storm Danielle, will be making it into the central Gulf of Mexico this week. The majority of the models take it in the general direction of New Orleans. While this system isn’t expected to become anything major, we’ll keep a close eye on the track and strength over the coming days incase any surprises come up. If this feature makes it close to us, it will bring more clouds and some showers; this will keep out temperatures a bit cooler. Another option is for the ridge to hold strong, and our tropical low to stay well south of us. Stay with us as we fine-tune your forecast.

The weekend is looking rather typical for this time of the year, with scattered afternoon storms in the forecast. Temperatures slowly return into the upper 90s. Be sure to join me on WVUA News at 5, 6, and 10 PM. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist