Weather Blog: typical August pattern: heat, storms each afternoon

Weather Blog: typical August pattern: heat, storms each afternoon

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - MORE OF THE SAME: It's a new month, but the forecast sounds mighty familiar. Over the next 5-7 days, afternoon highs will soar into the 93-99 degree range. Each day will bring a mix of sun and clouds, a lot of humidity and some scattered, mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Heat indices will go above 100 degrees each day.

HOW MANY STORMS? The overall pattern suggests a slightly greater than usual coverage of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. We'll project a 40% coverage of rain each day. Remember, in this Summer pattern, the distribution of rain and storms is random and uneven. Some places will get drenched and hear thunder and see lightning, while a few miles away, it stays dry. Just the nature of our weather in Alabama this time of year!

TROPICS GETTING ACTIVE: A strong area of low pressure over the central Caribbean Sea has caught our attention. We believe this will become Tropical Storm Earl later today or tonight. The system is moving quickly westward and will bring heavy rain and gusty wind to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Later this week, this system could affect parts of Mexico, but we do not anticipate any impact to the U.S. mainland. We'll be watching carefully!