Isolated showers developed Monday, but so few got rain that it was almost as if it never happened. Temperatures soared into the 90s again, and we expect to do that for the next several days before a cold front moves in to at least make the air more breathable later in the week.
Short-term weather won’t be changing much: warm and humid early with some patchy fog, another very hot afternoon with a high around 96ºF Tuesday. Wednesday is more of the same, but that cold front (more like a “cool” front) arriving Thursday stirs up a few spotty showers and storms and drags in some ever-so-slightly cooler air for Friday and the weekend.
Football Friday and the weekend: So, can we finally have a dry Friday night? It’s looking that way right now. Lower humidity and less heat should keep us rain-free for the second full week of high school football.
The weekend looks generally dry; a few spotty showers or storms may develop as moist air returns to North and Central Alabama as well as Tennessee Saturday and Sunday. The chance of rain is as low as it gets for college football game around here, the Color Run, or any other outdoor event getting rained on this weekend.
Tropical update: A tropical depression in the southern Gulf of Mexico brings windy, rainy weather to Florida in coming days, but it looks like it will have minimal impact on the Alabama Gulf Coast (and little to no direct influence here). It should develop into a tropical “storm” before making landfall between Apalachicola and Tampa Thursday.
The only real influence this feature has here is to keep it dry. An enhanced northeasterly flow keeps the rain chance low and the temperature hot through next week.
How dry? The odds of more than a half-inch of rain in the next seven days around the Tennessee Valley are only about 20 percent.