MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - As Major Hurricane Laura continues its trek towards a landfall near the Texas-Louisiana state line tonight, we are staying rather quiet. Besides a far-reaching outer band sending a few thunderstorms through south Alabama, our position compared to where Laura is and will be is such that rain and storm coverage will be very minimal through tomorrow.
Rain chances will stay low again tomorrow with a few isolated showers and thunderstorms popping up during the afternoon at best. While today’s rain chances have been around 20%, Thursday’s will running a touch higher at 30%.
With the drier forecast and more breaks in the clouds, we expect temperatures to soar towards the middle 90s again tomorrow.
When you combine that heat with disgustingly high humidity levels, you get heat indices of 101° to 108°. That is the kind of heat you have to respect and take seriously. It can cause heat-related illness if proper precautions are not taken.
As Laura heads inland and eventually curves eastward across Kentucky on Friday, tropical moisture will be drawn into Alabama. That will help fuel scattered showers and thunderstorms starting Friday. Rain chances will be around 50-60% through the weekend and into early next week.
Fortunately it looks like central and south Alabama will be far enough away from Laura’s eventual track to keep us out of the severe weather and flash flood risk later this week.
With the higher rain coverage by Friday, look for daytime highs around 90 degrees with heat indices in the upper 90s.