A Wet Wednesday For Some...
Thunderstorms have been few and far between today and that allowed temperatures to climb well into the 90s this afternoon. In fact, today's high of 95 degrees in Mobile was the hottest afternoon of the month! Expect any lingering storms to die-down by sunset leaving us quiet and warm overnight with lows in the middle 70s.
As a decaying frontal boundary washes-out on top of us on Wednesday, storms are a safe bet. And while pockets of heavy rain are possible, widespread heavy rain is not expected. Temperatures will be down a degree or two tomorrow, but highs in the low 90s are right on target for late August along the Gulf Coast.
A less muggy, but warmer air mass is scheduled to arrive late this week and into the weekend. Get ready for high temperatures in the low to middle 90s (upper 90s farther inland) and only a few, if any late-day storms.
Fiona is finished, but we're tracking two other areas of concern across the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Gaston in the middle of the Atlantic is on the fast track to becoming our next hurricane. The forecast calls for Gaston to reach hurricane status Wednesday. Gaston will most likely be a "fish and ships" storm with little to no threat of making landfall.
A strong tropical wave is currently moving into the far Eastern Caribbean and even though widespread showers, storms and gusty wind are occurring with the wave, a recent hurricane hunter aircraft found no sign of closed circulation. However, forecast model consensus not only (slowly) develops the tropical wave into a closed circulation the next few days, the projected path is toward the Florida peninsula by this weekend. IF this system affects the Gulf Coast, it would not be until the middle of next week. While it's too early to know if "Hermine" is headed our way, it always a good idea to prepared just in case.
Here at Local 15 we will continue to keep a close watch on the tropics and you can, too! Check out our HURRICANE TRACKER page for the very latest information.
Chief Meteorologist Chris Dunn
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Today's Record Temperatures