August arrives, drought likely to expand

Scattered rain, but many will stay dry

Josh expects drought to worsen across central and south Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - After a nice stretch of less muggy weather, the typical Alabama Summer pattern has resumed. Lows tonight will fall into the low 70s, which ends our streak of nights in the 60s. Cloud coverage will likely keep some of the warmth from our afternoon from exiting the lower levels of the atmosphere, so we will be a bit warmer.

Richer moisture will move in over the next few days, allowing isolated rain coverage to increase to scattered territory.

Rain chances will pop to the 30-40% range by the end of the week and into the weekend. Outside of those storms, daily highs in the lower and middle 90s will stick around.

Alabama sorely needs widespread rain; rainfall deficits are over one foot in southeast Alabama. Moderate to severe drought conditions are ongoing there, and with only spotty rain this week, it’s likely that the drought will expand and worsen over the next 5 to 7 days. Unfortunately, the long range forecast gives little hope of widespread, soaking rain.

Tropical Update: There are two systems that the National Hurricane Center is currently watching... A cluster of thunderstorms that is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms over Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands is forecast to move northwesterly over next several days; conditions could become marginally conducive for development late this week when the disturbance moves near Florida and the northwestern Bahamas.

A second cluster of storms, located over the far eastern tropical Atlantic, continues to slowly move westward; upper-level winds could become more favorable for development by the weekend while the wave continues westward across the central Atlantic. If you have last-minute beach plans before school starts back, neither of these systems will impact your plans. No imminent threat exists for us from either storm at this time; we have plenty of time to monitor.

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