MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - New month, new weather pattern?! Not so fast... you live in Alabama. Just because the calendar doesn’t say August anymore doesn’t mean we will have a major shift into a more Fall-like set up, but it does looks like the first few days of September could be potentially drier.
Beginning Wednesday it will be basically dry for central and south Alabama thanks to an area of high pressure. In the upper levels of the atmosphere, the air is drying out, so rain is not expected to form even though we are still muggy at the surface.
With the sunshine and lack of rain Wednesday through the end of the workweek, high temperatures will rise into the mid 90s, with some hotter spots potentially seeing upper 90s.
Heat index values will rise into the lower 100s each day as humidity levels will be a little more tolerable, but not much different from what we are dealing with now.
Labor Day weekend doesn’t look bad as of now... considered the “unofficial” end to Summer, the long weekend feature highs in the lower and middle 90s each afternoon with mostly dry conditions Saturday, and a few scattered showers and storms both Sunday and Monday.
Models are still in disagreement regarding those storm chances next Sunday and Monday, with some models keeping us entirely dry. For now, we’ll maintain a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms, but it’s possible the weekend winds up nearly entirely dry.
Tropical Update: Tropical Storm Nana continues to slowly strengthen over the Caribbean Sea. It is expected to become a hurricane before making landfall along the coast of Belize. It poses no threat to the United States. Off the East Coast, Tropical Storm Omar will live a short, inconsequential existence - weakening and being absorbed into a frontal system over the north Atlantic. It will not impact any land at all.
Farther east, two clusters of storms near the African coast bear close watching. One or both could develop into tropical systems in the next week or so.