Hot Days Ahead… Tropical Update/Solar Eclipse Forecast… Friday Post: 4:30pm #alwx @wvua23

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Good Friday afternoon! Our local weather has turned out hot this afternoon, with air temperatures reaching the lower 90s. Heat index has approached 100 in many spots. As an upper air ridge remains over our area, rain chances appear pretty limited through the weekend and to start off next week. Expect mild conditions tonight, with lows in the lower 70s.

Saturday and Sunday will feature plenty of sunshine, with a high in the low to mid 90s. Heat index will approach 100 to 104 over the weekend. While I can’t rule out a stray afternoon shower or storm, most areas will likely remain dry.

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 10% risk of a stray afternoon storm on Monday of next week, but the risk of rain is so low, most of you will get a great view of the eclipse. There could be a few puffy cumulus clouds, but that shouldn’t do much to block out the view. 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.

We’re watching Tropical Storm Harvey in the eastern Caribbean. Conditions will remain rather unfavorable for intensification over the next 48 hours, but conditions appear conducive for strengthening as the system moves into the central and western Caribbean. We’ll keep an eye on Harvey, but models suggest the storm will move into Mexico and not impact the US. As long as the ridge over the Gulf remains strong enough, this will not be an issue in our forecast. Again, we’ll keep an eye on it…

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Richard Scott
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