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Tropical Storm Mindy forms, no impact for us

Cooler, more comfortable air arrives tomorrow!
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 4:51 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 4:38 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Tropical Storm Mindy has formed in the northern Gulf of Mexico; this will be a relatively weak and short-lived tropical system that affects mainly Florida and south Georgia. There, some heavy rain is possible. And in coastal areas, rough surf and storm surge could cause problems. But for most people, Mindy will be a relatively low impact storm. That’s certainly the case here in Alabama, where we expect only a modest increase in rain coverage for southeast Alabama overnight.

Scattered showers and perhaps a thunderstorm or two will continue into the overnight and Thursday morning. These won’t affect everyone, but where it rains it could come down hard with some claps of thunder and flashes of lightning.

A cold front sweeps through the state early Thursday, ushering in a shot of cooler, less muggy air for the afternoon. Any chance of a leftover shower ends late in the morning and clouds will then break apart for the afternoon, leaving us sunny and comfortable. Highs will only be in the middle 80s with a slight northerly breeze around 10 mph.

Lower humidity is expected through the upcoming weekend beginning Thursday afternoon.
Lower humidity is expected through the upcoming weekend beginning Thursday afternoon.(WSFA 12 News)

We’re in for lower humidity, a good deal of sunshine, highs in the middle and upper 80s, and lows in the 60s through Sunday. The coolest night will be Thursday night. That’s when many see lower 60s with some upper 50s expected as well.

The humidity comes back a bit by later Sunday into next week, resulting in a return of at least a few showers and storms each day. Rain chances Sunday through Tuesday are only running around 20-30%.

Lows will be near 60 degrees Friday morning.
Lows will be near 60 degrees Friday morning.(WSFA 12 News)

Even then, we don’t have any big heat ahead. Highs should stay at or below 90 degrees for the foreseeable future in most places. That means no triple digit heat index values in sight!

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