Friday Afternoon Weather Update – 3:33 PM

A good Friday to you! After starting off hot and dry, storms are becoming more numerous across parts of Alabama this afternoon. Eventhough storms are cooling some of us off, temperatures have made it to heat advisory criteria. In-fact, Tuscaloosa has reached 100 degrees for day 8 this month. Not everyone will get a cool-down from the rain today. The chance of rain is at 50% through this evening, but storms will slowly die off after midnight. I can’t rule out a stray storm or two overnight tonight.

What’s left of Tropical Depression # 5 is over south Alabama. As this feature lifts northward, we’ll introduce a better chance of rain in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday. This will give us a big break in the heat during the mid-afternoon and evening hours. The tropical low will move random directions over the weekend due to weak steering currents aloft. It’s possible that the low moves back towards the coast on Sunday and Monday. In-fact, some of our data moves it back into the Gulf of Mexico and re-develops it into a tropical storm. At this time, we’re not forecasting that to happen, but we’ll keep an eye on things. The good news is that this feature will keep our rain chances high during the afternoon hours.

We will continue underneath the influence of the low through Wednesday of next week, but rain chances gradually decrease as the low loses strength. Temperatures will slowly climb back into the upper 90s on Thursday and Friday. Be sure to join me on WVUA-TV tonight at 5, 6, and 10 for the latest on your forecast. Have a great day!

Richard Scott
WVUA Meteorologist