WDHN Storm Team: Rain chances sticking around, but a more typical summer-like pattern returns heading towards the weekend


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Wednesday morning everyone! We are seeing yet another warm and humid start to the day here in the Wiregrass, with temperatures currently sitting in the low to mid 70s. Unlike past mornings though, we are seeing showers move into parts of the region. These showers will likely move NE through much of the Wiregrass over the next hour or two, so make sure to have the rain jacket or umbrella handy if you’re headed out to work or out and about around town! These should exit the area by mid-morning, giving us a break from the rain for a little bit, but cloudy skies will still stick around across much of the region.

Unfortunately though, we will see rain chances come back into the picture as we head into the late morning and lasting through much of the afternoon as our wet and unsettled pattern we’ve seen here over the last couple days will stick around. This is once again thanks to an upper level trough, which is helping to bring a surplus of moisture to our area. Therefore, we can once again expect the development of numerous showers and storms starting late this morning and lasting into the afternoon. So if you’re out and about during the day today, make sure to have that rain gear handy once again! Thankfully though, while the coverage of showers and storms will still be high, the threat for localized flash flooding looks to be lower than in days past since these showers and storms will be moving a bit faster. But we still cannot rule out the threat of an isolated storm or two that could produce heavy rain that leads to localized flash flooding, especially in spots that have seen flooding from rain earlier this week. Gusty winds will also be a isolated threat in any storms that develop as well. Thanks to the increased cloud cover and elevated rain chances sticking around, our highs this afternoon will likely only reach the mid 80s, nearly 10 degrees below where we should be for this time of year. These showers and storms should move through during the afternoon and diminish in coverage after sunset, leaving us dry but still warm and muggy overnight.

For Thursday, we’re looking at a shift away from wet and unsettled weather back to a more typical summer-like pattern as an upper level ridge settles back into the southeastern US. We will, however, still have ample moisture around, so there will still be a good chance for showers and storms Thursday afternoon and evening, but the coverage looks to be a little more scattered compared to the last couple days. Highs will be in the upper 80s as our temperatures rebound a little closer to average.

As we head into Friday and the weekend, this summer-like pattern will remain in place as the upper level ridge stays near our area, and with just enough moisture still in place, we will still see the chance for afternoon and evening scattered showers and storms. But thankfully, the chance for rain looks to be a little smaller compared to days past. Slightly drier mid-level air looks to move in Sunday and stick around for Monday and Tuesday as well, which will aid in bringing warmer temperatures back to the region, with the chance for afternoon and evening pop-up showers and storms, while still remaining low compared to days past, sticking around. Thanks to the relatively lower rain chances, our highs will be in the low 90s and possibly the mid 90s starting Sunday as this slightly drier and warmer air moves into the Wiregrass.

Shifting to the tropics, all is quiet in both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, and it looks to stay that way over the next 5 days. We will continue to monitor the tropics though as always, since hurricane season is just getting started.

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