1:00PM August 5, 2018

RAIN CHANCES LOWER TODAY & MONDAY… It’s hot and humid on this Sunday! While there could be a few isolated showers and thunderstorms around this afternoon, vast majority of us should be dry today. Rain chances for the remainder of the day are around 20% for any given spot across south Alabama and northwest Florida. You know the drill, in that the places that do experience rain and storms this afternoon will have heavy rain and the high chance of cloud-to-ground lightning. Temperatures will peak this afternoon around 94°.

SEASONAL WEEK AHEAD… Rain chances will remain fairly low (20%) for Monday before increasing as the week progresses. Without much of the daily convection around, temperatures on Monday could reach 96° or 97° in spots across our region. The hot air temperature combined with excessively high dewpoint/humidity values means that heat index values could be in excess of 105° at times on Monday. High temperatures for the remainder of the week will be in the low-90s.

SUBTROPICAL LOW IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE… The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on an area of low pressure about 1,000 miles east of Bermuda. That means the system is about 850 miles west-southwest of the Azores islands, aka in the middle of the subtropical Atlantic Ocean well away from ANY landmass. This area of low pressure has a 20-30% chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical storm in the days ahead as it drifts aimlessly over the open waters of the Atlantic. This system won’t affect Alabama or any part of the USA. In fact, I will be surprised if any land is threatened by this system. The rest of the Atlantic basin, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, are quiet.

RIP CURRENT RISK CONTINUES… A friendly reminder for anyone who may be headed to an Alabama or northwest Florida beach today or this week: We’ve had over 100 water rescues in the last 5 days at the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. Multiple deaths and several “near drowning” injuries have happened. PLEASE be diligent in monitoring for rip currents! These currents rush out, away from the beach, into the open waters of the Gulf. Rip currents are the number one weather-related killer in our area, having killed 107 people since 1996. Again, please be diligent! Here is more information about what you should do to survive a rip current: https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent-surviving

I’ll have plenty more updates this afternoon here in the RedZone Weather app. Let me know if you have any weather-related questions or concerns. Have a great Sunday evening!

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