6:53AM July 17, 2019

HOT WEDNESDAY W/ VERY FEW P.M. STORMS; RAIN CHANCES HIGHER FOR WEEKEND… Vast majority of us will be dry and hot today across south Alabama and northwest Florida. There could be a few rogue pop-up thunderstorms this afternoon into this evening, but that will be more of an anomaly than a trend. High temperatures will be in the 94-96° range in most spots. Heat index values will likely be over 100° at times this afternoon in many spots. Looking ahead to the end of the week into the weekend, there will be more showers and thunderstorms around due to a trough in the jet stream setting up across the region. Let’s look at your headlines…

DRIER CONDITIONS THROUGH THURSDAY… High pressure will remain in control of our weather pattern through Thursday, limiting (but not completely suppressing) the chance of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures will peak around 95° each afternoon through Thursday.

RAIN CHANCES RISE THIS WEEKEND… Showers and thunderstorms will probably be more numerous in the afternoon and evening hours on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll call it a 50% and 60% chance of rain each day, respectively. This won’t be an “all day washout” event either day, but there is the risk of the pop-up P.M. thunderstorms that are a fixture of our summer weather pattern. High temperatures will be in the low- to mid-90s each day.

BEACH FORECAST… Plenty of sunshine is expected at the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches over the next several days. Other than a low-end risk of a pop-up thunderstorms, most locations should be dry. Temperatures at the immediate coastline will be a touch cooler compared to our inland areas. Most beach locales will peak in the low-90s each day. The rip current risk today remains in the low-moderate range.

ATLANTIC BASIN REMAINS QUIET… The National Hurricane Center continues to suggest that no tropical storm formation is expected in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, or Atlantic Ocean over the next 5 days. Good news!

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