WDHN Storm Team: Our typical summer-like pattern returns this week

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Monday morning everyone! We are starting off the day quiet once again, with scattered clouds and temperatures in the low to mid 70s across much of the Wiregrass. We did have some showers and storms move through the region earlier in the overnight period, but those have left our area to the south, leaving us dry area-wide. We will continue to see this tranquil weather as we go through the rest of the morning, with a mix of sun and clouds area-wide.

We can expect partly cloudy skies to stick around through much of the afternoon as well, with high temperatures across much of the region reaching the low to mid 90s once again. Because we will likely stay dry for much of the afternoon, heat and humidity values will be high in some spots again, with triple digit heat index values not out of the question in a few locations. Therefore, make sure to stay hydrated if you have any outdoor plans today! As we go into the mid to late afternoon, there will be the chance for a few isolated showers and maybe a storm or two thanks to the heating of the day as well as the inland-moving sea breeze. Some of these could bring some brief relief from the heat, but rain chances are looking to be pretty limited compared to the last couple days at around 30% area-wide. Any shower or storm that develops will likely fizzle out once we lose the heating of the day going into and through the evening hours, leaving us dry and partly cloudy overnight.

Tuesday looks to follow in this same fashion, with scattered showers and storms possible during the afternoon and evening once again thanks to diurnal heating and the sea breeze. Rain chances will be a bit higher but still seasonal at around 40% across much of the region. Highs will be in the low 90s.

For Wednesday, we will see a little more moisture brought into our area, 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 still be relatively seasonal at around 50% area-wide. Highs will once again be in the low 90s.

Rain chances will then look to drop back to between 30-40% from Thursday onwards as a high pressure system off to our east will start to dictate our chance for pop-up showers and storms each afternoon and evening. Highs will still remain near average in the low 90s.

Shifting to the tropics, there is definitely less activity then there has been over the last week or so. Tropical Depression Henri is now inland over upstate NY, and is expected to continue weakening as it brings flooding problems to the Northeast. There is also another area of interest back in the central tropical Atlantic, but thankfully for now it only has a 20% chance of formation over the next 5 days as it moves generally NW out into open ocean. Even though here locally we are free from any tropical activity for the foreseeable future, we will continue to watch the tropics closely since we are in the prime of hurricane season.

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