WDHN Storm Team: Keep the rain gear handy this week!


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Tuesday morning everyone! We are starting off the day warm and humid once again, with temperatures currently in the low to mid 70s across much of the Wiregrass. The majority of us are also rain-free for now as well, but some showers have developed to our south in the Florida Panhandle, and are slowly moving NE, meaning some of us could see a chance of light showers throughout the morning hours. Those of us who don’t see these light showers will likely start to see an increase in cloud cover as we head through the remainder of the morning.

The better chance for rain across much of the Wiregrass, much like yesterday, looks to arrive as we head into the late morning and early afternoon. Thanks to an upper level trough helping to bring an abundance of moisture into our area, we can expect numerous showers and storms to develop and move across the region. We can expect these showers and storms to overspread much of the Wiregrass throughout much of the afternoon and last possibly into the early evening hours as well. Therefore, make sure to have a rain jacket or umbrella handy if you’re going out and about today! In addition, some of these storms will be slow-moving once again as well, so there is the threat for localized flash flooding in any storms that develop. Remember, if you encounter any flooded roads while in a vehicle, turn around and don’t drown! Thanks to the increased cloud cover and rain chances, our highs will only make it to the mid and upper 80s in most spots, well below where we should be for this time of year. These showers and storms should fizzle out during the evening hours, leaving us rain-free but still warm and humid overnight.

This trough looks to stick around for Wednesday as well, keeping us in this wet and unsettled pattern. Numerous showers and storms with the potential for localized flash flooding will once again be likely Wednesday afternoon and evening, with highs staying in the mid to upper 80s thanks to the cloud cover and elevated rain chances.

Thursday, however, is where we will start to see a shift away from this wet and unsettled pattern back to a more typical summer-like pattern as an upper-level ridge builds back into the region, which will bring warmer and slightly drier air back to the Wiregrass. However, we will still have ample low-level moisture, which will keep a chance for afternoon and evening scattered showers and storms around from Thursday onwards through the weekend and into early next week, although we will be trending possibly even a bit drier starting Sunday. Thanks to the slightly lesser chances for rain returning to the region and more sunshine than in days past, our highs will rebound back into the low 90s, with the potential for maybe a few mid 90s on Sunday and Monday.

Shifting to the tropics, both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico remain quiet for now, and are looking to stay that way over the next 5 days. We will, of course, monitor the tropics as always for any potential developments since hurricane season is just getting started.

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