A Brief Look At Our Weather Just After Midday

LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW AT 1:00 PM
It is a mainly dry and hot day across Central Alabama as we move into the afternoon hours on this Monday. We have a few isolated showers and storms over the southern half of the area bringing some quick relief to a few locations. The rest are still baking in this hot weather. Temperatures as of 1:00 pm were in the mid-80s to the mid-90s across the area. Troy was the hot spot at 94 degrees. Haleyville was the cool spot at 85 degrees. Birmingham was at 90 degrees.


WEATHER FOR THE REST OF YOUR MONDAY
It will be a hot afternoon across Central Alabama this afternoon and into the early evening hours as skies will range from mostly clear to partly cloudy. There is a small chance of a few isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms across the southern 2/3rds of the area, mainly south of I-20 and I-20/59. Afternoon highs look to top out in the lower to mid-90s. Any shower and storm activity should quickly diminish as we approach and pass sunset later this evening and we’ll be left with mostly clear skies. Lows will be in the mid-60s to the lower 70s.


TUESDAY’S WEATHER
Tuesday will be a mainly dry and hot day with partly to mostly sunny skies across the area. There is a small chance of a few isolated to scattered showers and storms during the afternoon hours for locations along and south of the I-85 and US-80 corridors in the southeastern parts of the area. The rest of Central Alabama looks to remain dry. Highs will be in the lower to mid-90s.


THE TROPICS
A tropical wave, classified as Invest 97L, approaching the Windward Islands is producing a large area of disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. This disturbance is moving westward at about 20 MPH and is expected to continue to move quickly westward over the eastern and central Caribbean Sea during the next couple of days, which is likely to limit significant development. After that time, however, the system is expected to move more slowly westward across the western Caribbean, where upper-level winds could become more conducive for the development of a tropical depression during the latter part of this week. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected over portions of the Windward and the southern Leeward Islands through Tuesday morning. Formation chance through the next five days is medium, around 50%.

Another tropical wave is over the eastern tropical Atlantic and is forecast to interact with another disturbance located several hundred miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands within the next day or two. This interaction is expected to lead to the formation of a broad area of low pressure, and conditions are forecast to be conducive for the development of a tropical depression during the middle-to-latter part of this week while the system moves westward to west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic. Formation chance through the next five days is high, around 70%.


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