FEW STORMS TODAY; QUITE HOT, QUITE HUMID… Shower and thunderstorm activity will be suppressed, but not totally zero on this Monday. Subsidence (sinking air motion in the atmosphere) underneath a big ridge of high pressure will help to keep rain/storm action limited today. Because we won’t have many showers and thunderstorms around, temperatures will be able to creep up today to levels we haven’t had in several weeks. Air temperatures will be near 95-97° this afternoon in most spots allowing heat index values to soar above 105°.
RAIN CHANCES GO UP LATER THIS WEEK… Today will likely end up being the driest day out of the next 7 days. The upper ridge keeping us mainly dry on this Monday will break down midweek, allowing more showers and thunderstorms to pop up across our area especially Thursday through Saturday. Widespread severe weather is not in the forecast at this time, but some of the thunderstorms could be on the strong side. This means heavy rain, cloud-to-ground lightning, and gusty winds won’t be out of the question.
TROPICS MAINLY QUIET… An area of low pressure is showing signs of potential development in the subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean, “in the middle of nowhere,” between Bermuda and Europe. The National Hurricane Center continues to indicate there is a low-end (20%) chance of tropical storm formation with this system over the next few days. No worries though, as 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 CURRENTS KILL… Reiterating this friendly reminder from yesterday 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 week 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
Radar updates will be provided as needed today here in the RedZone Weather app. Let me know if you have any weather-related questions or concerns. Have a nice Monday!