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Dry Days Ahead For Alabama; Heat Levels Rise By The Weekend

| August 16, 2023 @ 5:38 am

REFRESHING MORNING: Here are some temperatures across the northern half of Alabama just before sunrise…

Oneonta 58
Fort Payne 60
Chelsea 62
Gadsden 63
Jasper 63
Hueytown 63
Bessemer 63
Pell City 64
Anniston 64
Cullman 64
Decatur 64
Jemison 64
Birmingham 67

A dry, continental airmass has dropped in here, and that will set up an amazingly pleasant day for mid-August. Sunny, lower humidity, and highs only in the 80s over the northern half of the state. South Alabama will see low 90s this afternoon.

TOMORROW THROUGH THE WEEKEND: We drop into the 60s again early tomorrow morning, followed by a high in the 87-92 degree range with a sunny sky. The weather will be dry for most of the state Friday through the weekend with rising heat levels; highs will be in the mid 90s with mostly sunny days and fair nights. A few isolated storms could show up Saturday and Sunday over southern quarter of Alabama, but even there most places will stay dry.

NEXT WEEK: Quiet weather continues with mostly sunny days; afternoon storms will be very hard to find. Highs will be generally in the 90s… See the video briefing for maps, graphics, and more details.

TROPICS: A broad area of low pressure could form in the central or western Gulf of Mexico by the beginning of next week. Some slow development of this system is possible thereafter as it moves westward and approaches the western Gulf of Mexico coastline by the middle of next week. For now NHC gives this feature only a 20 percent chance of development; if anything by chance goes get organized here it will be well to the south of Alabama. Hopefully this will bring some rain to parched cities like Houston at some point next week.

NHC is also monitoring two tropical waves in the central and eastern Atlantic. The lead wave has a 40 percent chance of development over the next seven days; the one just coming off the coast of Africa has a 20 percent chance. These are not close to the U.S.

ON THIS DATE IN 1992: One of the most destructive United States hurricanes of record started modestly as a tropical wave that emerged from the west coast of Africa on August 14. The wave spawned a tropical depression on August 16, which became Tropical Storm Andrew the next day.

Look for the next video briefing here by 3:00 this afternoon… enjoy the day!

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