NICE, COOL FEW DAYS AHEAD; RAIN & STORMS THURSDAY… Sunshine and mild temperatures will be our weather headlines today and tomorrow ahead of rain and thunderstorms coming back into our weather forecast on Thursday. High temperatures on this Monday will be in the low- to mid-70s across the region. Looking ahead, our next weather system of note will be a cold front slated to move by Thursday into Friday. There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms, including the potential for a few stronger storms Thursday evening. Confidence in that idea remains low for now, as model solutions have been all over the board. For now, plan for scattered storms on Thursday and please check in for updates in the days ahead in case we need to introduce a formal severe weather risk. Subtropical Storm Wanda formed in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend. Fortunately, Wanda will never be a direct threat to Alabama or northwest Florida. I’ve got all of your Monday morning forecast details below.
HIGHS IN 70s, LOWS IN 40s THROUGH WEDNESDAY… Mostly sunny skies are expected today and on Tuesday ahead of increasing cloud coverage on Wednesday. High temperatures will be in the 70s through Wednesday with overnight lows in the upper-40s and near 50.
RAIN & STORMS LIKELY AT TIMES THURSDAY INTO EARLY FRIDAY MORNING… Scattered showers and thunderstorms will become possible on Thursday, primarily in the afternoon and evening hours. Severe weather parameters seem fairly marginal for now, meaning strong storms could become possible under some scenarios. Please check back in for updates on this in the days ahead.
COLD FRONT ARRIVES FRIDAY MORNING; COOLER WEEKEND AHEAD… Significantly cooler air will arrive behind the advancing cold front on Friday. High temperatures will only be in the mid- to upper-50s across the region Friday ahead of overnight lows in the upper-30s and near 40 by Saturday morning. The upcoming weekend will likely feature cold mornings, cool days, and dry conditions.
TROPICS: SUBTROPICAL STORM WANDA IN THE ATLANTIC… The National Hurricane Center started issuing advisories on Subtropical Storm Wanda, located well away from land in the middle of the north-central Atlantic Ocean. Wanda is drifting erratically and not moving much at all. The storm is expected to gradually move south before moving north and dissipating later this week. Wanda is likely to never directly affect land areas. Good news!
TROPICS: TROPICAL WAVE WEST OF AFRICA… A tropical wave located a few hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic Ocean has a 20-30% chance of becoming a tropical storm over the next 24-36 hours before the system moves into a more hostile environment where development will be less likely. Since Wanda serves as the last name on the regular 2021 hurricane naming list, we will move to the auxiliary list (for the second consecutive year, if it happens). The first name on the auxiliary list is “Adria.” Regardless of if formal development happens, this system will not be a direct concern for Alabama or northwest Florida.
TROPICS: GULF & CARIBBEAN ARE QUIET… No tropical storms are expected to form over the next 5 days in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean Sea.
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See all the details in your Monday morning #rzw forecast video. Have a great day!