WDHN Storm Team: Slightly drier for the weekend before rain chances increase heading into next week


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Friday morning everyone! We are kicking off the final day of the work week warm and humid once again, with temperatures right around average in the low 70s. Thanks to the increased mugginess compared to past mornings, there are a few spots across the region that are seeing patchy dense fog, which will temporarily reduce visibilities until the sun comes up, so if you’re out and about early, make sure to take time in getting to your destination! We are also rain-free across the entirety of the Wiregrass, which is definitely a welcome sight since yesterday turned out to be a soaker in many spots. Thankfully, we will stay dry as we go through the remainder of the morning and into the early afternoon, where an abundance of sunshine will help us warm up to the low 90s once again across much of the region.

But because we still have ample moisture in place much like yesterday, we can expect the formation of scattered showers and storms that will move across the Wiregrass during the mid to late afternoon and lasting into the early evening hours. The chance of rain will be around 50% across much of the region, and while some of these showers and storms could bring some brief heavy rain to spots, the overall setup is looking to be more scattered in nature in contrast to the slow-moving, flash flood producing storms we saw yesterday. These showers and storms should fizzle out once we lose the heating of the day later this evening, leaving us dry for the overnight but still warm and muggy.

Heading into Saturday, the subtropical ridge that is located just off to our east will move into the Wiregrass, bringing with it slightly drier and warmer air. Nonetheless though, we will still see a chance for pop-up showers and storms once again during the afternoon and evening, mainly driven by the heating of the day. Rain chances will be slightly lower though at around 30-40%, and highs will remain in the low 90s, but because of the slightly warmer and drier air being brought into the region, some mid 90s may not be out of the question either. This same pattern will continue for Sunday as well. Therefore, if you have any outdoor plans this weekend, make sure to stay hydrated, as the heat and humidity will be quite oppressive across much of the Wiregrass.

As we head into the work week though, our rain chances are expected to increase significantly as a trough and associated cold front to our north will aid in bringing in a surplus of moisture back to the region. Therefore, we can expect a chance for widespread showers and storms each day starting Monday and lasting through at least Wednesday. Thanks to the increase in cloud cover and rain chances, our highs will drop back into the upper 80s. The chance for rain looks to drop a bit for Thursday, but scattered afternoon and evening showers and storms will still be possible, with highs staying in the upper 80s across much of the region.

Shifting to the tropics, both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico are remaining quiet for now, and are looking to stay that way for at least the next 5 days. We will continue to watch the tropics though as always, since hurricane season is just getting started.

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