Only Isolated Showers Through Mid-Week

| August 3, 2021 @ 3:27 pm

RADAR CHECK: Most of Alabama is rain free this afternoon, but showers and a few storms are seen over the far southern part of the state, mainly south of U.S. 84. A few waterspouts were seen today off the Alabama Gulf Coast near Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan. The sky is partly sunny, and temperatures are mostly in the mid to upper 80s. The average high for Birmingham on August 3 is 91.

The weather won’t change much tomorrow and Thursday… partly sunny days, and just a few isolated showers and storms around during the afternoon and evening hours. Expect highs in the 86-89 degree range.

FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND: Moisture levels rise a bit, and we will have the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms each day with a mix of sun and clouds. Chance of any one spot getting wet Friday is 25-35 percent, rising to 45-55 percent over the weekend. Most of the showers and thunderstorms will come from 1:00 until 10:00 p.m. Highs will be generally between 87 and 90 degrees.

NEXT WEEK: An upper ridge begins to rebuild over the region during the first half of the week; showers and storms should be few in number with highs rising into the low 90s. Global models hint that coverage of showers and thunderstorms could increase late in the week… See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: No tropical storm formation is expected in the Gulf of Mexico, or near the U.S. over the next five days. Out in the far eastern Atlantic, a small area of low pressure with some associated showers and thunderstorms is located about 100 miles south of Praia in the Cabo Verde Islands. Significant development of this system is not expected during the next day or two due to unfavorable upper-level winds and marginally warm waters. The low is forecast to move northward or north-northwestward through Thursday before the system moves over cool waters, ending development chances.

And, a tropical wave is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa by late Thursday. This system has the potential for slow development over the far eastern Atlantic through the weekend while it moves westward at about 15 mph.

ON THIS DATE IN 1970: Hurricane Celia made landfall near Port Aransas as a major hurricane, Category 3 on the Saffir-Simpson scale with sustained winds of 130 mph. Celia was the costliest tropical cyclone in Texas history until Hurricane Alicia in 1983.

ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Hurricane Isaias was a category one hurricane that made landfall at Ocean Isle Beach, NC during the evening of August 3, 2020 with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph.

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