Weather Blog: Workweek forecast

Weather Blog: Workweek forecast

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Not much excitement in the way of Alabama weather over the course of the next few days. Hot air and generally low rain chances will persist for much of the week. However, that doesn't mean all is quiet. A budding tropical system in the Gulf of Mexico will take a turn north & northeast, perhaps targeting Florida later this week...

TODAY: Expect highs into the lower and middle 90s for many today. It will be hot, but not excessively humid.

We'll watch for a few storms developing into the afternoon, expected to move east to west. Overall coverage today is not high and many areas will stay dry.

REST OF THE WEEK: Nothing crazy as we do middle 90s and isolated storms each day this week.

The only possible changes to this forecast will hinge on the Tropics...

TROPICAL DEPRESSION NINE: After days in wait-and-see mode, 99-L has finally been upgraded to a depression. The current forecast calls for the development of a Tropical Storm over the next 24 hours while the system moves generally westerly. However, a developing trough across the southeast United States will help steer this system northward and eventually eastward.

Most model guidance indicates an eventual push toward the Big Bend area of Florida. Should that path play out, our impacts would be minimal...if any. The worst weather tends to favor areas immediately along and to the right of the path of a Tropical Storm, and Alabama will very much be on the left side. While it's possible this system will have time to strengthen into a hurricane, the current forecast maintains slow strengthening into a strong Tropical Storm before shear starts to limit development again.

Are we done watching this? Not quite. Should models start to swing more westerly, our impacts would start to ramp up. But as of this morning, much of the guidance suggests this disturbance will remain to our southeast, eliminating any significant impacts. We'll keep you posted should that change.

There will, however, be beach impacts later this week. Stay tuned.