MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - There is a lot going on over the next week... not only are we keeping an eye on radar today because of more showers and storms, but we have two tropical depressions that will need to be closely monitored through the weekend!
Tropical Depression 13: This depression is expected to become a tropical storm very soon. It is moving quickly toward the west-northwest, and it’s expected the storm will move at this speed over the next few days. Per the National Hurricane Center, it is expected to head towards Florida and become a category one hurricane. A lot could change with this, so check back for updates!
Tropical Depression 14: This system is also expected to become a tropical storm very soon. It is closer to the United States, but a likely change in direction from west to northwest will slow it down a bit. On the current forecast track, the center of the system will move near or just north of the northeastern coast of Honduras and the Bay Islands on Friday and will approach the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico on Saturday; it then is expected to cross the Yucatan Peninsula Saturday night and move into the south-central Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
While there is still a lot that could change (including their exact tracks and intensity) we will keep an eye on what could be more impactful weather for any of the Gulf states early next week.
In the short term future, we are currently dealing with unseasonably high rain and storm coverage expected through at least Friday.
Rain chances will drop off through the evening, but a few scattered showers and thunderstorms are still expected into and throughout the overnight hours.
While Friday’s rain chance is a bit lower than today, they are still running very high for this time of year - around 60% or so. Similar to today, any storms that develop could pack a punch with strong to damaging wind gusts, small hail and plenty of lightning.
The pattern looks to turn slightly less favorable for widespread rain and storms beginning Saturday. Even so, scattered rain is in the forecast each day through the middle of next week.
It’s just difficult to pinpoint what days feature the highest rain chances at this juncture. For now, we’re keeping daily chances around 40%.
High temperatures will likely stay below 90 through the upcoming weekend courtesy of the enhanced rain and cloud cover in the forecast. Below average temperatures for a change sound pretty good! It’ll still be muggy so it may not necessarily feel comfortable outside.
Overnight lows will bottom out in the upper 60s and lower 70s through early next week, making for relatively comfortable sleeping weather considering we’re in the heart of August and summer still!