Hot Days Ahead… Isolated PM Storms… Tropical Update… Friday Forecast Discussion – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot this afternoon, with most areas reaching the lower to middle 90s. Heat index has reached 100 to 103 in many areas. A few scattered storms are ongoing as of 4pm north of I-20, but everyone is dry along and south of I-20 at this time. The isolated storms over north Alabama will diminish after sunset this evening. If you’re going to a local high school football game tonight, expect muggy conditions. Most stadiums will remain dry, but I can’t rule out an isolated storm north of I-20 through 10pm.

The upper air ridge responsible for the heat will continue to bake us through the weekend and early next week, with highs in the lower to middle 90s. Heat index will easily reach 100 to 103 through the weekend, with a small chance of an isolated afternoon storm.

Next week looks much of the same, with the chance of a passing shower or storm each afternoon, but the risk is low. Most of you will stay dry all week. Even if you get a storm, it may last 20 minutes in one spot before moving on.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Gaston continues to move northwest across the central Atlantic, not causing any issues for land. Gaston has winds of 65mph, as of 4pm, with strengthening expected over the weekend.

The tropical wave everyone has been watching continues to be very disorganized. Based off model trends and the amount of shear over the system, it is unlikely a tropical storm forms from the energy. Below are the model tracks of where the tropical wave could go. While some models point it towards Alabama, those models also keep it a tropical wave or very weak area of low pressure. Unless something major changes over the next 24 hours, this system will do nothing more than bring a few extra showers to the coastal areas early to middle part of next week. We’ll keep an eye on any sudden changes, and I will keep you updated into next week, as the tropical wave moves into the Gulf.

We are watching more tropical waves over Africa, but those features will slowly track across the Atlantic, so we have lots of time to keep an eye on them…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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