As summer arrives today the temperatures will be right on track. You can expect another warm-up into the mid 80s by lunchtime, with highs near 91-degrees. A core of high pressure to our northeast has helped to bring us more of an easterly flow over the past couple of days and this has helped limit the moisture over the state. Although it is going to feel hot enough today, the humidity won’t be quite as bad as it can be around here.
We are watching several features on the weather maps this morning. A cold front is now bringing strong to severe storms across the Midwest and a tropical disturbance is spreading rain into Florida. This front will be dropping into Alabama by Friday and it may trigger a stray shower or thunderstorm. Most locations will remain dry, with highs back in the 90s.
Tropical storm Chris formed in the Atlantic this morning and this system should remain over the open Atlantic. We’re more interested in a tropical wave now bringing showers and thunderstorms to south Florida. The core of this system is expected to drift into the Gulf and there is a chance the system may further organize over the coming days. There is lots of uncertainty in the future track of this system. Our VIPIR system shows the feature drifting towards northwest Florida. Regardless of track, we think the disturbance will be displaced so far south that our area will remain hot and dry this weekend. The tropical wave could impact the weather on the Gulf Coast by bringing additional afternoon showers and storms this weekend.
For now we’re forecasting more hot and dry weather for the first half of next week but our outlook could certainly change based on the evolution of the tropical wave. Stay tuned…
Fox6 Meteorologist Wes Wyatt
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