Cooler, less muggy air arrives soon

Keeping an eye on Dorian

Amanda: Tuesday afternoon forecast update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A shot of cooler, less muggy air will arrive early tomorrow. Not only will this front drop our humidity levels, it will also dry out the atmosphere - meaning the chance of rain drops to near zero for tomorrow afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday.

Ahead of our Labor Day weekend, it looks like moisture levels will slowly climb, providing a small uptick in rain chances... this will bring us isolated showers and storms on Friday and Saturday, with a few more scattered thunderstorms possible Sunday and Monday.

Then, the forecast gets murky - and it’s all because of a storm that is currently over a thousand miles away from us. Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move across the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Dorian is expected to strengthen, but the intensity forecast is less clear than usual. Dorian is a small storm with dry air around it, and soon, it will impact with mountainous terrain of the Dominican Republic. That often disrupts the inner circulation and causes weakening. How much weakening occurs remains unclear, and will shape Dorian’s eventual strength. The latest NHC forecast has Dorian approaching the east coast of Florida as a Category 1 hurricane Sunday.

The new NHC track brings Dorian to the east coast of Florida on Sunday; from there, it could move inland and die or it could pop into the Gulf of Mexico - it’s just too early to know. We’ll have a much clearer picture of Dorian’s track by Wednesday and Thursday.

If you have Labor Day Weekend beach plans along the Alabama/Northwest Florida beaches, you don’t need to cancel - but you DO need to monitor our forecasts and updates for more information over the next few days.

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