It’s time to break out the long sleeves! The first cool air mass of the fall season has arrived, with temperatures ranging from upper 40s to the far north to low 50s further south. The sky will be sunny today and the weather should be perfect for lunch outdoors or a picnic at the park. Highs today will be in the upper 70s north, with low to mid 80s further south. A light westerly breeze will help with comfort levels.
ANOTHER COOL SURGE ARRIVES TONIGHT: We’re tracking a secondary cold front that will enter the area tonight, with temperatures tumbling into the upper 40s and lower 50s. The air mass remains very dry so we don’t expect any rain out of this system. We may see some higher level clouds this evening. A stronger north will develop behind the front tomorrow, so we’ll be breaking out the leaf rake by the weekend.
WEEKEND FORECAST: The dry weather will continue into the weekend, with pleasantly cool mornings and warmer afternoons. Highs will be in the low 80s this weekend. The weather will be perfect for the high school and college football games! The heat levels and moisture levels will increase by the middle of next week as a strong east-southeast flow returns to the state.
TROPICAL UPDATE: The strong tropical disturbance, INVEST97_L, is approaching the Caribbean. This system may become a tropical depression or tropical storm Matthew later today or tomorrow. There is a 90% chance of development. This system could turn northerly and grow into a strong tropical cyclone by the mid to late portion of next week. The east coast of Florida north to the Carolina’s will need to keep a close watch on this system for possible impacts next week. If a tropical depression or storm develops today we will have the latest forecast tracks on the WBRC First Alert Weather App.