Cooler air is on the way!

Hello, highs in the 70s!

Saturday looks cloudy

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Who ordered a taste of Fall? Much more comfortable temperatures are on the way!

Afternoon high temperatures will top out in the middle and upper 70s each day through next week. On top of that, humidity will stay low. It will feel great!

7 Day
7 Day (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Low temperatures will be in the 50s many mornings, so you may need a light jacket to start your days next week.

As for rain chances, they stay low. Saturday will be cloudy, so it will look dreary, but only a few showers are expected. We can’t rule out an isolated shower Sunday, either, but most will stay dry.

What’s going on in the Gulf?

We officially have Tropical Storm Beta! Yes, we’ve had so many storms, we’ve run out of names and moved onto the Greek alphabet! This is the second time this has ever happened. The current track from the National Hurricane Center keeps it in the western Gulf, but we’re still keeping a close eye on it.

Tropical Storm Beta has formed in the Gulf
Tropical Storm Beta has formed in the Gulf (Source: WSFA 12 News)

As for a recap on what Sally brought...

Peak wind gusts locally reached 30-50 mph, with Union Springs recording the highest gust of 51 mph. The most intense winds were confined to far southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Preliminary wind gusts from Sally reached hurricane-force across coastal Alabama, Florida and Mississippi.
Preliminary wind gusts from Sally reached hurricane-force across coastal Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

That’s where hurricane-force gusts of 75-120 mph were recorded as Sally roared ashore. The highest wind gust report of 121 mph came from the Fort Morgan, Alabama, area.

Peak wind gusts across Central Alabama.
Peak wind gusts across Central Alabama. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

Total rainfall was very impressive with Sally, especially across Southeast Alabama.

That’s where rain totals of 6-12″ and widespread flooding concerns were/are common. Some of those locations include Troy, Union Springs, Enterprise, Opp, Elba, Dothan, Andalusia, Florala, Brewton, Greenville, Luverne, River Falls, Brantley, Brundidge, and Ozark.

Rain totals of 6-12" were estimated across Southeast Alabama.
Rain totals of 6-12" were estimated across Southeast Alabama. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The absolute heaviest rain fell in Baldwin and Mobile counties, in addition to the Florida Panhandle. Rain totals of 12-24″+ were common in those areas, where extreme flooding occurred.

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