6:59AM July 18, 2018

MORE STORMS TODAY DUE TO STALLED FRONT… Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected today across south Alabama and northwest Florida. A weak frontal boundary is moving south across Alabama today. That front will provide the lift needed to support “loud and proud” thunderstorms capable of producing heavy rain, lots of lightning, and gusty winds at times. Widespread severe weather is not expected, but a few of the storms could be on the strong side at times. The tornado threat is basically nil. High temperatures will be quite warm, near 92-94° in most spots today. We note a bit of drier air sneaking into the northern half of Alabama behind this front, meaning the air won’t feel as nasty and saturated for places like Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Huntsville over the next 2 days.

SEASONAL RAIN CHANCES THIS WEEKEND… As the weekend approaches, rain chances will go down ever so slightly each day. We return to “seasonal” rain chances values, meaning most of us will have a 30-40% chance of rain each day. No change in the temperature department is expected. High temperatures will consistently be in the 90s with morning lows in the mid-70s. Unfortunately, the slightly drier air visiting north Alabama won’t make it to our area, meaning humidity values will remain high over the next week locally.

TROPICS ARE QUIET… The National Hurricane Center continues to show a quiet period upcoming in the tropics. No tropical activity is expected over the next 5-7 days. Great news! The climatological peak of the Atlantic hurricane season happens on September 11. While the tropics will likely become more active toward late August, one thing working in our favor at the moment is a heightened amount of dust in the atmosphere between Africa and the Lesser Antilles. This Saharan Air Layer (SAL) helps to mitigate tropical storm formation.

See all the details in your Wednesday #rzw forecast video that will be posted shortly here in the RZWeather app… Have a great day!

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