Cooler Temps Ahead! Complicated Tropical Forecast… Wednesday Update – 4:15pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Wednesday afternoon! The air over Alabama is very dry this afternoon, allowing for conditions to feel much more comfortable. While it is still rather hot this afternoon, there is no noticeable humidity and a light breeze helps. With dry air in place this evening and a clear sky, expect a rapid drop in temperatures. We’ll reach the upper 60s at 9pm, then middle to upper 50s after 1am.

A deep upper level low to our north will build southward, allowing the air to cool even more. A gusty northwest wind will help to advect cooler temperatures deeper into Alabama, with most of the area only reaching the upper 70s on Thursday and Friday for highs. Lows will dip into the lower 50s Thursday night and Friday night. Expect dry weather to stick around through the weekend, with afternoon temperatures modifying back into the lower 80s.

In the east Caribbean, we now have Tropical Storm Matthew, with winds at 60mph. Matthew should gain hurricane status on Friday, with a chance of this becoming a major hurricane at some point in the Caribbean. The storm is moving west and this trend will continue for the next 2 to 3 days. After that, the forecast becomes incredibly complicated, as several upper air influences could turn the storm north or continue the storm west. While I think the chance of this being a gulf coast issue is low, we need to carefully watch it over the next 5 to 7 days. Some models suggest the storm may impact the east coast of the US or even remain out to sea. There’s simply lots of uncertainty with this one. We will continue to update the forecast on Matthew through the weekend and into next week.

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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