DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Expect scattered showers and storms to develop and move through the region during the afternoon hours today as a cold front pushes in from the northwest. Some storms could be on the strong side with gusty winds, small hail, and heavy rain possible. We are no longer outlined in a severe weather risk as of the latest Day 1 outlook from the SPC, so the chance of any storm reaching that severe criteria looks to be extremely slim. We’ll make it up to the low 90s prior to any shower and storm activity forming, so overall it will be another hot and humid day. The good news is though, if your area gets rained on later in the day, you’ll likely see a nice reprieve from the heat and humidity!
Post-front, we’ll see rain chances drop back down to 30% on Saturday. This “cold” front will do nothing to change our temperatures in the grand scheme of things, as we’ll once again begin the day in the upper 60s/low 70s and top out near 90 for highs.
Sunday will feature partly cloudy skies and a 20% chance for an afternoon shower. We’ll take another trip to the low 90s for afternoon highs.
We’ll kick off a new work week on Monday with a 30% chance of showers and storms. Highs in the low 90s are anticipated once again.
Summer-like conditions will persist as we go through the rest of the week, with Tuesday-Thursday all having 20% chances for showers and very warm temperatures. Highs will be in the low 90s once more on Tuesday before we creep up to the mid 90s for Wednesday and Thursday. Low temperatures will remain very mild in the 70s.
TROPICAL UPDATE: Potential Tropical Cyclone One continues to organize in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. This system is expected to become our first tropical storm of the year (Alex) later today as it continues to move northeast. The forecast track takes PTC One/future Alex across the southern and central Florida Peninsula during the day Saturday. From there, it will emerge into the Atlantic and bypass the Bahamas to the north late Saturday into Sunday. This system will NOT impact us here in the Wiregrass and will only bring peripheral impacts to the northern Gulf coast in the form of rip currents.