DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN)– We are going to be dealing with some extreme heat this week as temperatures are expected to reach record breaking territory. There is a high pressure system over the middle of the country that is going to continue to build over the southeast which is causing this oppressive heat. Rain chances are going to remain low as well as rain chances are not going to be above 20% for much of this week until we go into our Saturday. Wednesday temperatures are expected to reach 102 degrees which would be a record for this time of year. Heat advisories and/or warnings could be issued within the next 24-48 hours.
The tropics are starting to heat up as well as we now have three new systems in the Atlantic that formed over the weekend. We now have Emily, Franklin, and Gert as our new designated tropical systems. The good news is that none of these systems are a threat to the Wiregrass or the United States but it is a reminder that we are entering peak hurricane season. There is one area of interest on the Gulf of Mexico that has a 70% chance of development within the next 2 days. If this does form the name would be Tropical Storm Harold. This system is not expected to affect the Wiregrass either as it is expected to threaten the Texas coast.
I want everyone to stay safe, stay hydrated, and for more information watch us on WDHN.