I was visiting the Birmingham Zoo crew a couple of hours ago and you could tell a huge difference when you stepped into a shady spot. The heat index charts are already showing some low 90s over parts of the area. We still expect our actual highs to top our near 90 later today, with a partly cloudy afternoon.
Dry weather looks to be the story through Thursday but it is going to feel increasingly hot. I’d certainly plan on tackling most of the outdoor work early on. Highs by the weekend will be nearing the 95-degree mark.
Tropical Wave: Another feature we’re continuing to talk about is the tropical disturbance over the Caribbean. The three models we run in-house, plus the GFS, suggests we will be located between a front to north and a disturbance over the Gulf late Thursday. Both features could help bring us a passing shower or storm in the afternoon hours later this week.
The forecast for the Alabama Coast right now mentions scattered showers and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. Our VIPIR BAMS model and ADONIS data shows the disturbance tracking towards Florida by Saturday. We should know much more over the next 12-24 hours and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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