Hot Days Ahead… Tropical Update/Eclipse Update… Thursday Post: 4:33pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Thursday afternoon! It feels more like summer today, as the intense upper air ridge really builds over our area. Temperatures are in the lower 90s this afternoon, with a heat index between 100 and 105. There is a small chance of a shower or storm between now and 9pm, then mild and muggy for the rest of the night.

Friday through Tuesday will feature very similar conditions. Expect a partly cloudy sky, with highs in the low to mid 90s. Heat index values will approach 100 to 105 each afternoon. There is a really low end risk of a stray shower or storm each afternoon, but most of you will remain dry. Lows at night will remain in the lower to middle 70s.

On Monday, Alabama will experience a solar eclipse during the early afternoon. The main show will be happening between noon and 2pm, with the peak of the eclipse happening right around 1:30pm. Most of central and west Alabama is in the 90% to 94% eclipse, meaning we’re not in the totality zone. We will see an incredible eclipse however, as only 10% or less of the sun will be visible for a few minutes. As always, we advise you not to look directly at the sun, and use some sort of protective glasses to view the eclipse. There are lots of options online or in local stores to purchase… There is a 20% risk of a few isolated afternoon storms on Monday of next week, so some people will not get a view of the eclipse, while others will. Given the random nature of scattered storms, it will be impossible to say where the puffy clouds will block out the sun at 1:30pm. By the way, totality (100%) eclipse will be at it’s closest point to our area in central Tennessee, so make a quick trip north if you want to see that.

Gert is no longer a tropical system, as it has moved well into the north Atlantic and become post tropical. A new storm has formed this afternoon in the central Atlantic, Tropical Storm Harvey. Winds are at 40mph, with a movement towards the west. The tropical storm will pass through the Caribbean over the weekend and move into the Yucatan sometime early next week. There is no evidence this one will impact the US, but we’ll keep an eye on it. A tropical wave just west of Harvey is one to watch too, as it has a potential to become a tropical storm in coming days. Models do suggest this system could approach the US in about 7 days, but it’s far too early to be specific…

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Richard Scott
WVUA Chief Meteorologist
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