Cold front ups rain chances, then drops humidity!

We’re hot today, a bit stormy tomorrow, then cooler by Wednesday

Amanda: Monday evening forecast update

Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - Here is a sentence we don’t type much as meteorologists in Alabama during the month of July: A cold front is on the way! Not only will it increasing rain chances, but it will also provide a rare treat of lower humidity and slightly cooler temperatures.

It’s not here quite yet though... today is still seasonably hot and humid. Temperature have climbed into the low and even middle 90s so far today, but we’ve only seen a few isolated showers and storms fire on radar.

Monday is a perfect example of what a typical July day looks and feels like, but then there’s Tuesday... with the frontal boundary nearby tomorrow, coverage of both rain and storms will become more widespread in nature.

Future Radar
Future Radar

As the boundary slides southward late Tuesday, it will allow cooler and drier air to filter in behind it. That means we will see highs in the 80s Tuesday (because of the rain) and then again Wednesday.

This time of year, we know afternoons can be hot, but it’s also hard to find relief during the overnight because temperatures don’t drop that low.

Luckily, we will have less moisture in the atmosphere behind this front, so not only will it feel more comfortable, but temperatures will be able to more effectively cool down at night! Lows Wednesday morning will dip into the 60s across much of the area, providing us will a refreshing start to our day.

7 day forecast
7 day forecast (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Long term, it looks like some moisture does return by the end of the workweek; temperatures will remain near average (either side of 90°) and typical summer-like storms will pop during the afternoon hours. Overall, coverage of rain later this work week and into the weekend lows to be on the lower end of the spectrum (10-30% any given day).

Tropics Update: Tropical Depression Three has officially formed as of Monday afternoon. It is moving toward the northwest at roughly 13 mph. On the forecast track, the center of the depression should remain just offshore of the east coast of Florida over the next day or so. Biggest impacts include heavy rain for the Atlantic coast with amounts of 1 to 3 inches expected across the Bahamas and the east coast of Florida through Tuesday.

Tropical Depression 3
Tropical Depression 3 (Source: WSFA 12 News)

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