Nice through Sunday, then heat levels increase

Drought set to worsen across the state

Thursday Afternoon Update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A welcome break from the mid-September heat wave has finally arrived, and cooler, less muggy air will continue to filter into the state tonight and tomorrow. We’ll wake up in the low to mid 60s Friday morning; someone over in far east Alabama could see a 58 or 59 degree reading on their thermometer. Not bad, considering we hit 103 degrees in Montgomery TWICE this week!

The break from the extreme heat will last through the weekend - expect dry, very warm afternoons and clear, comfortably cool nights and mornings through Sunday. The weather will be comfortable and dry for high school football games across the state Friday night - expect temperatures in the 70s and a clear sky! And, Saturday’s slate of college football games will be dry for the home games - but the road games could offer a few passing showers.

Next week, the heat will return; afternoon temperatures will crank back up into the mid and upper 90s as the upper ridge builds.

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The Tropics remain active! Hurricane Humberto is moving over the open waters of the north Atlantic. The remnants of Imelda is bringing catastrophic flooding to southeast Texas, reminiscent of Harvey’s historic flooding a couple of years ago. Jerry has strengthened into a hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph and gusts up to 90 mph. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for parts of the northern Leeward Islands, and this storm does not look to pose a threat to the United States. That said, it could strike Bermuda, so it bears watching.

There are also three areas of possible development, one in the Caribbean and two in the Atlantic, but the National Hurricane Center keeps their chances of developing low over the next 5 days. We’ll be watching!

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