WDHN Storm Team: Higher rain chances return for the middle of the week


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Tuesday morning everyone! Things are mostly quiet once again to start off the unofficial first day of the work week, with scattered clouds and temperatures in the low to mid 70s. There are some spots of patchy dense fog out there in quite a few locations compared to the last couple mornings, so make sure to take a little extra time in getting to your destination if you’re out on the roads! This fog should clear out once the sun rises, and we’ll see mostly sunny skies through the rest of the morning.

We’ll keep a mix of sun and clouds around for much of the afternoon as well, with high temperatures reaching the upper 80s and low 90s once again for most locations. We may get a little moisture in here as we go into the mid to late afternoon, so a chance for some sporadic showers is not out of the question. Rain chances though, much like yesterday, will be relatively low at around 20-30%. If any showers form, they will fizzle out once we lose the heating of the day, leaving us dry for the overnight hours.

As we head into Wednesday, we’ll shift into more of a wet and somewhat unsettled pattern as a weak tropical wave will start to make its way towards the northern Gulf Coast. Thankfully, this area of interest is not expected to organize enough to become a named tropical system, as the National Hurricane Center has only given it a 30% chance of formation over the next 5 days. It will, however, bring a surplus of moisture into our area, so we’ll have a significantly higher chance (50-60%) for showers and storms area-wide during the afternoon and evening. Thanks to the increase in cloud cover and rain chances, highs will be well below average in the mid 80s.

This tropical wave will shift east of our area on Thursday, taking the higher moisture content with it. Scattered showers and storms will still be possible though later in the day as a weak cold front makes its way through the Tri-State. Highs will once again be in the mid 80s.

Once this front moves through late Thursday into early Friday, a slightly drier airmass will work its way back into the Wiregrass. Therefore, we can only expect isolated rain chances at best each day from Friday through Monday. Highs will return to near 90, and lows will cool back down to the mid 60s as we return to a weather pattern very similar to what we saw over Labor Day weekend.

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