Heat Levels Creeping Up Next Week

| August 6, 2021 @ 3:34 pm

RADAR CHECK: Most of the showers and storms across Alabama are over the western half of the state at mid-afternoon, otherwise we have a mix of sun and clouds across Alabama today with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. We will maintain the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms through tonight as an upper trough approaches.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We aren’t expecting much change tomorrow; a partly sunny sky with a few scattered, mostly afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms, with high in the upper 80s. Showers should be fewer in number Sunday with a high around 90 degrees. Chance of any one spot getting wet tomorrow is 35-45 percent, and near 20 percent Sunday.

NEXT WEEK: A broad upper ridge will cover the region, so we expect a very routine summer week with partly sunny days, and the daily round of widely scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly between 1:00 and 10:00 p.m. Highs will be in the low 90s… right at seasonal averages for mid-August in Alabama. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: We are watching two tropical waves; one is in the Central Atlantic about halfway between the coast of Africa and the Lesser Antilles. Development, if any, of this system is expected to be slow to occur as it moves west-northwestward and approaches the Lesser Antilles early next week. The chance of development here is only 20 percent over the next five days.

To the east, a large area of disorganized cloudiness and showers located a few hundred miles south of the Cabo Verde Islands is associated with a tropical wave and an associated broad area of low pressure. Environmental conditions appear somewhat conducive for gradual development over the next several days, and a tropical depression could form late this weekend or early next week while the system moves generally west-northwestward across the tropical Atlantic. NHC had dropped the chance of development slightly over the next five days to 60 percent.

There are no systems near the Gulf of Mexico or the U.S.

ON THIS DATE IN 1993: Virginia experienced its worst tornado outbreak ever as 18 tornadoes ripped through the state in 5 hours. The most devastating tornado caused severe damage in the historic part of Petersburg. The storm then moved on to Pocahontas Island and into Colonial Heights. There, the storm ripped apart a Walmart, killing three people and injuring nearly 200. The F4 twister was the first known violent tornado in Virginia history. It killed a total of 4 people and injured 246 along its 12-mile path.

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