Central AL Forecast: Intense Heat Continues; Tropical Activity in the Gulf

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INVEST 92-L: As we now gradually enter into hurricane season, we have our second noteworthy disturbance in the year that is slowly entering the Gulf of Mexico.  Unlike most other disturbances, Invest 92-L is originating from land as a weak surface trough.

This area of low pressure is currently located over the FL panhandle near Apalachicola and is dragging SW into the Gulf.  As it pushes West over the next few days, it is likely to intensify into a depression sometime over the next 24 hours. By Friday, it will have likely evolved into Tropical Storm Barry, our second storm of the 2019 season.

As far as specific impacts for Central AL, we’re not looking at much beyond better chances of scattered showers & thundershowers for Saturday & Sunday.  The more significant impacts, mostly in the form of flooding rain, will be focused most likely in Southern Louisiana this weekend.

TONIGHT:  There are a few early evening storms. Those storms will dissipate by midnight, clearing overnight, but staying mild. Lows only dip into the 70s overnight.

TOMORROW: The heat & humidity will stick around tomorrow afternoon and make it feel exceptionally hot outside.  We are anticipating further Heat Advisories for tomorrow as well. The heat index will be anywhere from 100 to 105° during the hottest part of the day.  

There will be very limited rain coverage overall during the afternoon, so be prepared to STAY hot tomorrow!  Putting tomorrow’s rain chance at 20%. Actual temperatures should crest in the mid & upper 90s.

FRIDAY INTO THE WEEKEND: Better chances of rain expected during the day for Thursday all the way through Saturday thanks to deep tropical moisture remaining locked over the region.  Expect more cloudy skies and prevailing showers & thundershowers. Rain chances each day anywhere from 40 to 60%. Temperatures in the afternoon will remain in the 90s, 70s in the morning & at night.

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