7:14AM August 8, 2020

HEAT INDEX VALUES ABOVE 100° TODAY & SUNDAY… Hot temperatures with increasingly humid conditions are expected today and tomorrow across south Alabama and northwest Florida. Rain chances on this Saturday remain in the 10-20% chance range, meaning vast majority of us across the region will remain dry and hot. Rain chances will be a touch higher on Sunday, but the real deal in terms of showers and thunderstorms will kick off on Monday and last through the next week. The big story today will be just how high temperatures and heat index values will be. The graphic attached highlights the projected heat index value for each given community valid at 2PM today. You’ll certainly need the sunscreen if you’re going to be outside for an extended period today into this evening. Air temperatures will peak around 94-96° in most spots, but when you factor in the dewpoint, you get these excessively high heat index values. Stay cool today! A few more Saturday forecast notes are below.

ISOLATED STORMS AROUND THIS AFTERNOON AND SUNDAY AFTERNOON… Most of us will be dry across the region on this Saturday and again tomorrow. A few lucky spots in northwest Florida and southern Baldwin and Mobile counties had some measurable rainfall yesterday, but just like what is expected today, most of us will remain dry and hot with high temperatures in the mid-90s.

RAIN & STORMS LIKELY EARLY IN THE WEEK… Monday through Wednesday look increasingly wet, unsettled, and warm. Scattered thunderstorms are expected to bubble up in the afternoon and evening hours each day next week. These likely won’t be organized, severe storms, but rather the pop-up, quick-hitting thunderstorms of summer that can produce localized downpours and quite a bit of lightning and thunder. High temperatures next week will be in the low-90s with morning lows in the low-70s.

TROPICS QUIET… The Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and Atlantic Ocean are quiet with tropical development remaining unlikely over the next 3-5 days. We note NHC is watching a tropical wave in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean between the Lesser Antilles and Africa that has a 10% chance of developing into a tropical storm over the next few days. Environmental conditions will likely become unfavorable for development and sustaining of a tropical storm as this system moves into a more hostile environment in the next few days. Thus, even if a storm develops, it likely won’t last long.

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Have a great Saturday!

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2:02PM August 7, 2020

STRONGER STORM NEAR CRESTVIEW… Isolated showers and thunderstorms continue to pop up across coastal counties this afternoon. Heavy rain is happening along the Interstate 10 corridor between Harold and Crestview near the FL85 exit.

Storms are also in progress near Beulah, Elberta, and Seminole near the AL/FL state line. These storms are moving very slowly (5-10 mph at most) to the northeast.

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