Our forecast in the short term features hot and mostly dry weather conditions. In fact, you may have noticed that is doesn’t feel quite as muggy today. The dew points are slightly lower. However, moisture values are higher in areas to the north and northeast. These locations will have the greatest chance of seeing isolated pop-up showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. The threat for a shower or storm will end this evening, with a clearing sky. Also, be sure to look to the west right after sunset for a rare close encounter of Jupiter and Venus in the night sky. Lows tonight will be near 73º.
SUNDAY: Moisture levels will rebound tomorrow so this will make it feel hotter as temperatures rise into the mid 90s. We could see a few pop-up showers or a storm in the afternoon. High pressure should keep the coverage of rain rather isolated over the coming days.
MONITORING THE TROPICS: The weather over the tropics remains very active with several disturbances being monitored closely by the National Hurricane Center. One disturbance located near the coast of Texas is expected to remain poorly organized as it tracks westward. However, the disturbance we’ve been monitoring for the past several days, INVEST 99L, is moving closer to the Gulf of Mexico. This feature also remains poorly organized near the Bahamas, but it will produce lots of rain and gusty winds over south Florida. Once this system enters the Gulf, the environmental conditions will become more favorable for development. There are still questions regarding the long term track of the system. Some data shows the disturbance continuing a track northwest across the central Gulf while other scenarios suggest a turn northward towards the big bend of Florida. We will continue to experience partly to mostly sunny weather, with isolated afternoon showers and storms through most of next week. However, we could see an increase in the number of showers and storms later in the week due to increasing tropical moisture. Be sure to check in frequently for updates as we track this tropical system.
Tropical Storm Gaston is forecasted to become a hurricane over the next 24 hours but thankfully this system will remain over the Atlantic. The latest report showed the system positioned about 675 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. You can check out the latest forecast track for Gaston on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt