ISOLATED STORMS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING; TROPICAL UPDATE… A few pop-up thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon into this evening across south Alabama and northwest Florida. It’s going to be another hot day with high temperatures peaking in the mid-90s. Heat index values will rise to above the 100 degree mark this afternoon. We’ve got quite a bit of sunshine ahead this week with little to no rain expected after today. There are a few hotspots in the tropics we are monitoring, but NO imminent threats to the Gulf of Mexico in the next 5 days. Let’s look at details…
VERY LOW RAIN CHANCES ON TUESDAY… Partly cloudy skies are likely on Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid-90s. While I can’t rule out a shower or two in total across the region, there is a very high chance that most locales will remain dry.
SUNNY & HOT WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY… Sunny skies and hot temperatures are expected Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as a large dome of high pressure takes control of our local weather pattern. High temperatures will consistently be in the mid-90s with morning lows in the 70s.
INVEST 94L MOVING WEST IN ATLANTIC… The tropical wave that we’ve been tracking over the last few days that moved off the west coast of the African continent late last week continues to move westward in the central Atlantic Ocean. The system has been designated as INVEST 94L. This system is expected to continue moving to the west over the next 3-5 days as it approaches the Lesser Antilles. There is a 40-50% chance that 94L becomes a tropical storm in the next 5 days. It is far too early to speculate where the system will move IF it develops. We’ll keep you posted.
AREA OF DISTURBED WEATHER NORTH OF PUERTO RICO… The National Hurricane Center is also keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather situated north of Puerto Rico in the southwestern Atlantic Ocean. This system has a 20% chance of developing into a tropical storm as it approaches the southern Bahamas in the next few days.
LAST ADVISORY ISSUED ON DORIAN… The National Hurricane Center has issued its final advisory on what was Hurricane Dorian. The system became extratropical on Saturday but not before bringing hurricane-force winds to parts of Nova Scotia in Canada. Dorian is now a bad memory, and one that won’t soon leave the many residents of the northern Bahamas that were devastated by the category 5 hurricane. Parts of South Carolina and North Carolina also had quite a bit of damage.
TROPICAL STORM GABRIELLE ON THE WAY OUT… Tropical Storm Gabrielle is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph today. The center of Gabrielle is about halfway between Bermuda and the Azores islands southwest of Europe. Gabrielle is moving north at about 16 mph. A gradual curve to the northeast is expected today. The system will not affect any land areas as a tropical cyclone. Good news!
See all the details, including a graphical look at the next 7 days, in your Monday #rzw forecast video… Have a great start to your week!