Marco to send rain our way today, then temps heat up

Attention will shift to Laura in the Caribbean, but we likely don't see any impacts until the end of the workweek

Tropical Update: Marco still weakening, Laura will strengthen!

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The last week of August won’t get off to a very bright and dry start... moisture from Tropical Storm Marco is continuing to push northward into Alabama, sending on and off showers activity with it. While it’s not a washout for everyone, today will feature its fair share of wet weather for especially far southern portions of the state.

When it’s not raining it’ll likely be mainly cloudy to overcast; that cloud cover will keep temperatures in the middle and upper 80s, but the humidity will be at tropical levels.

Areas of rain and perhaps a storm are expected tonight as well as the push of tropical moisture continues.

As Marco pushes west along the Louisiana shoreline, we should see some sun on Tuesday. This will push temperatures into the lower 90s... pair that with very high humidity values, and you’ve got the recipe for scattered showers and thunderstorms.

Tuesday will be more typical of a summer day here in Alabama... a bit hotter, but still a decent coverage of both showers and storms throughout the afternoon.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Tuesday.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible Tuesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

With the track of Tropical Storm Laura remaining well to our south, we will be in an area of “subsidence” in the atmosphere on Wednesday. This essentially means we will be in the “dry” region of the cyclone, which should temper rain chances at 20%. As a result, high temperatures will easily reach the mid-90s.

Peak heat index values both Tuesday and Wednesday will reach 100-107° courtesy of the 90-degree temps and tropical humidity levels.

Highs in the 90s combined with tropical humidity levels will create heat indices of at least 100 Tuesday and Wednesday.
Highs in the 90s combined with tropical humidity levels will create heat indices of at least 100 Tuesday and Wednesday. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Laura is still projected to make landfall along the western coast of Louisiana Wednesday night as a category 2 hurricane. Once it makes landfall, the storm will weaken as it heads generally northward into Arkansas.

This path will keep us out of any noticeable impacts Laura. However, any shift eastward would introduce the potential for some impacts locally, so stay tuned over the next couple of days!

Otherwise we will see a continuation of highs in the 90s and daily isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms to end the week and carry us through the upcoming weekend!

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