Weekend Outlook: An area of high pressure will build in behind the front this weekend. Expect plenty of sunshine and dry weather on Saturday. High temperatures will be very warm as they climb into the upper 80s.

Sunday will become partly cloudy, and we could see a few late-day showers and storms as a cold front moves across Alabama. High temperatures will be in the mid 80s. Rain and storms end by Sunday night behind the cold front.

Next Week Outlook: We will have some wonderful weather to start the new work week in the wake of the cold front. It will be sunny, cooler and less humid Monday through Thursday. Daily high temperatures will be in the lower 80s. Lows each night will be in the 50s. We will have to keep an eye on the Gulf of Mexico late next week for a possible tropical system. It is too early to say where it could end up, but we could see some impacts across parts of Alabama. Stay tuned.

Tracking The Tropics: Tropical Storm Ian is moving into more favorable conditions for strengthening, we could see this storm go from a tropical storm to a major hurricane within 3-5 days. Due to the new track bringing it over Cuba, that will slow the storm, although it doesn’t look to weaken much. Once it emerges into the Gulf of Mexico, it will quickly get its act together and is projected to become a major hurricane just before landfall on Florida’s western coast by Wednesday.

Tropical storm and hurricane forced winds will be felt across northern Cuba, with tropical storm force winds reaching from the Keys to north of Tamp by Tuesday and Wednesday. Once we have a better idea where the center of this storm is headed, we can make better projections as to who will experience the highest on shore winds along the West Florida coast.

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