Weekend Outlook: The ridge of high pressure will park itself over the Tennessee Valley this weekend. This will keep us dry and the summer-like heat returns for the first time in 2021. Saturday will be sunny with high temperatures around 90°. Sunday will stay sunny and hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s. Make sure you find ways to stay cool and hydrated. Also, please us plenty of sunscreen if you plan on being outdoors for an extended period of time. On average, we have our first 90°+ day on May 22nd, so this is right on cue this year.
Next Week Outlook: Do not expect much of a change in the forecast, so that means more summer-like heat. The ridge of high pressure will remain over us Monday through Wednesday. We will be sunny and hot each day with high temperatures in the mid 90s. The ridge looks to break down a little Thursday and Friday. This will allow for a small chance for an afternoon shower or storm to pop-up. It will still be hot with high temperatures in the lower 90s.
Tropical Update: We are tracking two areas in the tropics. The first one is now Subtropical Storm Ana in the north Atlantic, which is the first named storm of the 2021 hurricane season. Since 1950 there has never been a tropical depression or storm that has developed in the east of Bermuda in May.
The second system is Invest 91L, is spread more heavy rain across Louisiana and Texas. Depending if Invest 90L develops first, this system could be Ana or Bill. Since 1950 there has never been a tropical depression or storm that has developed in the western Gulf of Mexico in May. This is not a threat to Alabama. However, we will still have some high surface and rip tides through the weekend.
Beach Forecast: Even with a development brewing in the western Gulf of Mexico, this will not impact your beach forecast. It will be a sun-filled Saturday and Sunday on the Alabama coast and Florida Panhandle. Be careful to mind the flags. Due to High Risk for rip current Red flags and double Red Flag warnings are possible through the weekend.
Double Red flag: You cannot get into the water.
Red Flag: Beach open, but waters extremely dangerous.
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