Weekend Outlook: The area of high pressure will stay over the Southeast all weekend. It will become a little more humid, but it will still be comfortable for this time of year. Each day will be mostly sunny and very warm with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Football Forecasts: This means we will have some dry and great weather for college football games this weekend. The day games will have temperatures in the 80s. Make sure you have your sunscreen and drink plenty of water.
Next Week Outlook: The ridge of high pressure at the surface will stay over the Southeast U.S., and there will be high pressure aloft to the west of Alabama. These features will lead to more sunshine and MUCH HOTTER temperatures. Monday through Friday will be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the lower to mid 90s. Fall begins next Thursday, September 22nd, but it will feel more like summer.
Tracking the Tropics: Tropical Storm Fiona will moving through the NE Caribbean today. The wind shear is expected to weaken, and this could allow for strengthening. The higher terrain of the islands will likely prevent significant strengthening. By Monday, the models have the system turning NE toward the Bahamas as it moves away from Hispaniola. Once it is back over water it is forecast to become stronger and could become a hurricane. At this time, it looks like Fiona will stay out of the Gulf, but it could have some impacts to the U.S. East Coast and Bermuda. Forecast models are not in agreement with the eventual track of the storm, so this will be something to keep an eye on early next week.