WDHN Storm Team: Hit-or-miss rain chances and seasonal temperatures sticking around for the next several days


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Tuesday morning everyone! We are seeing a relatively quiet start to the day once again across much of the Wiregrass, with temperatures in the low to mid 70s across most spots. Unlike the last couple mornings though, we are seeing dense fog across many locations, reducing visibilities in some cases down to less than a mile. Therefore, if you’re looking to head out on the roads this morning, whether it be to head to work or to go into town, make sure to slow down and take your time in getting to your destination! This fog should gradually clear out once the sun rises, and we’ll remain quiet for the rest of the morning with a mix of sun and clouds area-wide.

As we go into the afternoon, partly cloudy skies will look to stick around across much of the region, with high temperatures reaching the low 90s. Much like yesterday, heat and humidity values will be high again, so triple digit heat index values will be possible in some spots. Therefore, make sure to stay hydrated if you have any outdoor plans during the course of the afternoon! As we head into the mid to late afternoon, we will start to see the sea breeze move into our area, and this combined with the heating of the day will bring the chance for scattered showers and storms to much of the region. Rain chances will be slightly higher than yesterday but still seasonal at around 40% area-wide. Any shower or storm that forms should fizzle out once we lose the heating of the day going into and through the evening hours, leaving us dry and partly cloudy overnight.

We will see a little more moisture brought into the region for Wednesday compared to the last couple days, meaning we will see a slightly higher chance for scattered showers and storms during the afternoon and evening. The day is not looking like a washout by any means though, as rain chances will be around 50% for most locations. Highs will be near 90.

After this brief and slight uptick in our rain chances for tomorrow, they will look to back off quite a bit for Thursday, but the chance for isolated showers and maybe a storm or two still cannot be ruled out thanks to the heating of the day and the sea breeze. Rain chances will return to more of a seasonal average at around 30% area-wide, and highs will be in the low 90s.

This pattern will continue as we go into Friday and beyond as well thanks to a high pressure system that will set up east of our area, keeping a chance for daily afternoon and evening showers and storms around area-wide. Rain chances will be around 40% each day, and highs will stay around average in the low 90s.

Shifting to the tropics, there are now three areas of interest we are monitoring, all with a medium (40-60%) chance of forming an organized system in the next 5 days. Only one of them as of right now has a chance of moving into the Gulf of Mexico, but this particular system should stay well south of our neck of the woods. The other two systems are located in the central tropical Atlantic, and are both expected to track generally WNW into open ocean. Therefore, we are not expecting any impacts from the tropics here in the Wiregrass for now, but as always we will continue to monitor them since we are in the prime of hurricane season.

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