MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Sunscreen, water bottles and a raincoat are all good things to have on hand this long holiday weekend! We'll see plenty of sunshine and feel the heat, but a few showers and storms are possible as well.
Sunday and Monday will experience a mix of sun and clouds with lower-end rain chances for central Alabama. The greatest chance for rain is in the late afternoon hours. As for south Alabama, there's a slightly higher chance for showers and storms, and they'll develop earlier in the afternoon.
If you're heading to the beach, the greatest chance for rain lies along the Gulf coast, so pack rain gear with your beach gear. Also note that there's a high risk of rip currents throughout the long weekend, so use caution and swim near a life guard!
Tuesday and Wednesday's rain chances have also been raised slightly as we carefully watch a low pressure system that could move into the Gulf and bring tropical moisture to the state (more on that below).
Watching the Tropics: As of the 10 pm advisory from the National Hurricane Center, a tropical low pressure system has a 50% chance of cyclone formation in the Gulf of Mexico next week. Currently, the tropical wave is bringing a large amount of rain to the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas. It is forecast to move west-northwestward and cross the southern portion of the Florida peninsula early next week. From there, it will move into the Gulf where conditions are a little more favorable for cyclone development during the early to middle part of next week. Overall, it only has a medium chance of development over the next 5 days, but we'll continue to watch it closely.
Tropical Storm Florence formed early Saturday morning. It has maximum sustained winds at 45 m.p.h. Florence is currently heading away from the Cabo Verde Islands and into the eastern Atlantic. It is moving west-northwestward at 14 m.p.h. and is not a threat to land at this time, as most storms that form in this part of the world curve northward before reaching the U.S. mainland.