REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT: The chance for rain and storms will continue this afternoon and evening, with the highest chances in areas along and south of I-20. Some locations north of I-20 received over 2” of rain today and the rain cooled air is causing quite a spread in temperatures. At the time of this update, Vinemont in northern Cullman County was reporting 71° while the temperature in Demopolis was 95°. The greater chance for storm development will be in the more unstable air to the south through this evening so keep an eye on the weather app for possible lightning alerts. We could have some dense fog development tonight, with lows in the upper 60s and low 70s. As for tomorrow, the temperature recovery should be more wide-spread, with highs near 90°. Also, be on the lookout for more scattered storms and showers in the afternoon.
LONG RANGE OUTLOOK: Most of next week will feature the typical summer setup, with highs in the 90s and scattered afternoon storms. Rain chances on Monday and Tuesday will remain a bit higher than average and then it looks like Wednesday could be our drier and hottest day of the week. That being said, we still can’t rule out a few stray pop-ups Wednesday afternoon. The rain chances beyond Wednesday will remain in the typical 20% to 30% range.
KEEPING AN EYE ON THE TROPICS: There are some interesting developments in the Atlantic Basin involving two tropical disturbances. One disturbance is about 500 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and there is a 70% chance of development. This system is expected to maintain a westerly track which will take it across the Caribbean over the next 5 days. Right now we do not expect a northerly turn into the Gulf of Mexico; however, we will need to keep a close eye on this system for possible development or change in track. I will be sure to include details on this system during my weather segment this evening.
WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Wes Wyatt