Less muggy, still hot

Dorian reaches hurricane intensity, could threaten Florida’s East Coast early next week

Amanda: Wednesday afternoon forecast update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A couple of “Fall preview” days and nights are ahead for Alabama; the afternoons will still be hot, but it will FEEL much more comfortable Thursday and Friday, due to lower humidity levels. We’ll drop into the 60s tonight and tomorrow night, so it will feel very comfortable in the evenings and mornings, too. The lower humidity also mean that we’ll stay dry tonight, tomorrow and Friday. Enjoy, because the muggy air makes a comeback by the weekend - along with some scattered showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon and early evening.

High school football games will be dry, warm and, with lower humidity levels, more comfortable than usual. Temperatures will drop from the 80s at kickoff into the upper 70s during the second half.

College football kicks off on Saturday for some of our local teams - the forecast will be a typical late August scenario. Expect heat and humidity, with a few scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and early evening.

In the tropics, Dorian continues to gain strength; the storm was upgraded to hurricane intensity earlier today, and further strengthening is expected. Dorian will move northwest, then turn west towards Florida’s East Coast late this weekend into early next week, possibly as a major hurricane. If you have Labor Day Weekend beach plans along the Alabama/northwest Florida beaches, we do not expect any major impacts from Dorian through Monday afternoon.

After Monday night, though, it will depend on Dorian’s track - if it crosses Florida and gets into the Gulf, we could have a problem by the middle of next week. It’s simply too early to tell.

Locally, the storm will likely end up close enough to us to cause an increase in rain chance by next Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Thursday. Beyond that, it’s just too early to speculate on any flooding/wind/tornado risk from Dorian. We’ll be watching carefully, and will publish new info here and on the WSFA First Alert Weather App constantly in the days to come!

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