It was hard not to get into Fall mode after stepping outside Tuesday morning, especially with all of the talk about football! Check out these reported low temperatures:
• Oneonta 59°
• Rockford 61°
• Cook Springs & Talladega 62°
• Oakman & Coker 64°
• Alabaster 67°
• Birmingham & Graysville 68°
• Tuscaloosa 70°
We didn't set any records Tuesday morning, but our temperatures were well below average. It is going to remain a bit toasty during the afternoons as highs approach 90; however, a northeast breeze will help us cope with the afternoon heat.
The good news is that the dry air will continue to make for some pleasant-crisp evenings and mornings. The not so good news is that our summer rainfall deficit is back on the rise. I would avoid any burning in the days ahead because of the low relative humidity levels. You will start to notice an increase in the mugginess on Friday and Saturday as moisture returns. This increasingly humid air will help to fuel a few scattered afternoon showers and storms later in the week.
The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on a disturbance over the northern Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans. There is an extremely low chance of this becoming better organized within the next 48 hours. We will continue to monitor this system closely as it drifts southwest away from our region. If you have vacation travel plans to places like Cancun or Cozumel I would monitor this system closely. Meanwhile, Hurricane Cristobal continues a track north over the western Atlantic. The hurricane is expected to track between Bermuda and the East Coast overnight and tomorrow.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL FORECAST PREVIEW: Weather won't be a problem for the game in Atlanta on Saturday but Tide fans should carry the rain gear. There will be a good coverage of scattered showers and storms in and around the Atlanta area on Saturday with highs near 90. Fewer storms are expected to develop in and around Auburn and Birmingham. That being said, a passing shower or storm can't be ruled out. It won't feel nearly as crisp as today with the heat and humidity back in full force this weekend.
J-P will have more specifics on the cool down plus the latest outlook on rain beginning at 5 p.m. on FOX6 WBRC.
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