NORTH ALABAMA PREVIEW OF FALL: The trusty surface weather map shows dewpoints in the 60s over the northern third of Alabama; there, it feels crisp, comfortable and *almost* Fall-like. Unfortunately, most of our area is still quite muggy.
HEAT SLOWLY INCREASES: Our part of Alabama saw only a glancing shot of lower humidity. And, I don't see much sign of improvement anytime soon. Temperatures will skyrocket into the mid 90s over the next several afternoons. Generally speaking, we'll anticipate highs each day in the 92-97° range. Nothing extraordinary; that's just a few degrees above normal for late August.
WHAT ABOUT RAIN? As the upper ridge flexes its muscle, rain will become scarce. We'll go with a very small coverage of isolated showers and storms through the weekend; 10-20% or so. Most will stay dry.
ONE LAST BEACH TRIP? The weather along the Alabama and Florida Gulf Coast will be fairly typical for late Summer. Highs along the immediate coast will reach the mid to upper 80s with overwhelming humidity. A few isolated showers and storms will form each day and could bring an hour or two of rain to a few spots. But, many will stay dry.
ACTIVE TROPICS: There are three distinct systems we are eyeballing - Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona, Tropical Storm Gaston and a cluster of storms approaching the northern Leeward Islands. This cluster of storms stands a good chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm over the next several days. We'll be watching - far too early to speculate on the eventual outcome.
Josh Johnson, WSFA First Alert Chief Meteorologist
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