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Trending Drier This Weekend

| 5:53 am August 22, 2013

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A FEW STORMS LATER TODAY: Alabama’s weather won’t be changing much today and tomorrow; we expect a mix of sun and clouds with scattered showers and storms firing up again during the peak of the daytime heating process during the afternoon and evening hours. The chance of any one spot getting wet both days remains in the 30-40 percent range. Storms tomorrow should form along a surface boundary moving down into North Alabama. Afternoon highs will remain generally in the upper 80s.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: Drier air will enter Alabama following the front, and we project a good supply of sunshine Saturday and Sunday with a high not too far from 90 degrees. Understand the chance of rain is not zero, but any afternoon showers and thunderstorms should be widely spaced. A huge difference from last weekend, when highs were in the 70s and we dealt with clouds and periods of rain.

NEXT WEEK: The weather looks relatively dry all week. A huge upper high will be anchored over the nation’s mid-section near Kansas City, and we will be on the eastern periphery of that warmer air aloft. Like the weekend, there is some risk of a shower every afternoon, but they should be few in number and many communities will have a good chance to dry out. Afternoon highs will be close to 90.

AT THE BEACH: We project about 7 to 9 hours of sunshine each day along the Gulf Coast from Panama City over to Gulf Shores through the weekend with the potential of a few scattered storms each day. Highs will be in the upper 80s along the coast, and the sea water temperature this morning at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is 82 degrees.

TROPICS: Still amazingly quiet across the Atlantic basin for the middle of August, and tropical storm formation is not expected through the weekend.

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