MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With the Depression in the Gulf of Mexico promising active weather later this week for some, our local forecast couldn't be any more quiet. Hot air and generally dry conditions will prevail for the next several days. Still, it's worth keeping an eye on that system to our south...
TODAY: Expect temperatures to climb into the middle 90s through the afternoon. Rain coverage will remain rather limited with chances of getting wet no better than 20%. Overall, nothing more than a sultry late August Tuesday.
EYES ON THE TROPICS: Tropical Depression Nine is expected to become a Tropical Storm at any point now. Dry air & less-than-ideal shear should prevent rapid strengthening, but a gradual ramping up is anticipated in the coming days. Most models showcase this disturbance getting scooped north and eventually northeastward, helping steer the low into the Big Bend area of Florida. There doesn't appear to be much of a northward push just yet, and the latest advisory still depicts the Depression moving westward.
The cone of uncertainty per the NHC official forecast remains completely east of Alabama. Even a westward shift in track would still place us on the quieter left side of the storm. Still...it is worth keeping an eye on. Too much of a westward shift could make things interesting, but the odds of that remain low at this point.
Based on the current forecast track, increased swells will develop along Gulf beaches Wednesday into Thursday. The worst of the beach weather will heavily affect the west coast of Florida. By Friday, this system pulls eastward and all is right with the world once again.
HOLIDAY WEEKEND: Current timing kicks the system out into the Atlantic by the weekend. In it's wake, less humid and refreshing air spills into the area. That should make for a splendid weekend forecast!
Until the weekend gets here, middle 90s will dominate. Lower 90s should be more appropriate for the weekend.