Heat, humidity - and tropical development?

Rain coverage increases later this week

Josh's Monday afternoon update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As of this afternoon, a classic Alabama weather pattern is entrenched. You know what that means - plenty of heat, lots of humidity, and a few scattered (but pretty intense!) afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Where it rains, it comes down hard, with thunder, lightning and gusty wind. A few miles away, it doesn’t rain a drop. And, it is hot. Really hot. Afternoon highs will stay on the hot side again tomorrow and Wednesday, with readings soaring into the mid 90s both days. Factor in the humidity and it will feel like 100-105 degrees the next two days.

An area of low pressure over Georgia will slowly drift southward, arriving in the northern Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday into early Wednesday. Once it arrives there, it will find an environment that supports the possible formation of a tropical depression or tropical storm.

Significant intensification is unlikely, and it’s also unlikely that this storm (it would be named Barry) will become a hurricane. Still, it could bring rain, wind and rough surf to the Alabama and Florida beaches Wednesday through Saturday. And, here at home, it could cause an increase in the coverage of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Major wind impacts are highly unlikely for Alabama from this system.

We’ll keep watching!

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