Hot, Mostly Dry Days Ahead… Tropical Update… Wednesday Forecast – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! It has turned out to be a hot day, with all of west and central Alabama reporting lower to middle 90s as of 4pm. Temperatures will gradually cool into the 70s by 10pm, with a low in the low 70s late tonight. Skies will remain mostly clear overnight tonight.

It now appears upper level ridging will prevent a cold front from reaching west and central Alabama over the weekend. Rather, the front will stall out well to our north. In response to a stronger ridge and front stalling to our north, I’ve reduced the rain chance to 5% on Friday and only 20% over the weekend. We need the rain, and unfortunately, models have trended much drier for the weekend. We’ll maintain a 20% risk of a few isolated storms on Monday, then reduce the risk to 5% or less on Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures will remain very hot for the weekend.

The tropics have become very active! This isn’t a surprise, as we’re at the climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season. Currently, we’ve got Tropical Storm Julia near the Georgia/South Carolina boarder, with the center of circulation only 20 miles or so offshore. Julia may get a tad stronger over the Gulf stream before moving back inland sometime later this week. Wind shear should prevent this one from becoming a lot stronger. Flooding is a concern in coastal areas of South Carolina and Georgia.

Tropical Storm Ian has winds at 50mph, but that storm is moving out to sea and no risk to land.

Tropical depression 12 will soon become a tropical storm, as it moves west northwest across the Atlantic. At this time, it is unknown if it will impact the US or not. We’ve got plenty of time to watch that system…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
rscott@wvua23.com
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