MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The more things change, the more they stay the same. Today was a classic Alabama afternoon; most stayed dry, a few got wet, and ALL of us were unbearably hot and muggy. Expect more of the same over the next few days. High temperatures as a result of the lower rain coverage will reach the middle and perhaps upper 90s. Skies will be mostly sunny to partly cloudy!
Rain and storm chances are continuing to trend lower toward 20% or so each afternoon. Is it still possible that a few locations see a pop-up? Yes - however, those chances are lower than a typical summertime day.
Tropical Update: To our south, a tropical disturbance continues to move westward across the Gulf of Mexico. As of 1pm Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center has given this system a 70% chance of developing into either Tropical Depression eight or Tropical Storm Hanna within the next 48 hours. Thankfully, whatever happens (name or no name) this system should remain far enough south; while a lot of wet weather will be in the forecast for parts of Texas, here closer to come the outer rain bands could impact far southern portions of the state by late Thursday.
By Friday and the upcoming weekend, shower and thunderstorm chances should be a bit higher; that is especially true for Saturday, which features the highest rain chances of the next week around 50%.
There is also another system to track, but it is still way out in the Atlantic. What is currently Tropical Storm Gonzalo could intensify into a hurricane, but confidence is low. So far, it has done a good job of becoming better organized, but most computer models don’t have this system staying strong long as it moves into an environment of drier air and higher wind shear. We will be watching, but if, and that’s a big if, this system was to approach he Gulf, that wouldn’t happen until the middle or end of next week.
Otherwise, it’ll be a very typical pattern into next week with highs in the mid-90s and lower in the mid-70s for the most part.