WDHN Storm Team: Trending slightly drier as we head towards the weekend


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Happy Thursday morning everyone! We are starting off the second to last day of the work week warm and humid across much of the region, with temperatures a bit above average in the mid to upper 70s. This is thanks to cloud cover that has stuck around through the majority of the overnight hours. Some areas this morning are also seeing patchy dense fog and light showers moving through, so if you’re going out to work or out into town, make sure to take time to get time in getting to your destination, as visibilities are slightly reduced in some spots! Thankfully though, we will see the fog and light showers fizzle out as we go through the rest of the morning, where we’ll start to see breaks in the clouds and sunshine start to return to the region.

As we go into the afternoon, we will likely see the development of scattered showers and storms once again, but the coverage is looking to be far less compared to the last few days at around 50%. This is because an upper level ridge located just to our south will start to build into the region, bringing in slightly drier and warmer air. But ample moisture will still be around for rain chances here in the Wiregrass, again during the afternoon and lasting into the evening as well. Thanks to warmer and slightly drier air returning to the region, highs will reach the upper 80s and low 90s across most spots this afternoon, so if you’re outdoors, make sure to stay hydrated! Once we lose the heating of the day, these showers and storms should fizzle out as we head into the late evening and overnight hours.

As we head into Friday, this upper level ridge will move northward and center itself off to our west, and a chance for afternoon and evening scattered showers and storms will exist once again thanks to ample moisture being brought into the region, with rain chances at around 50%. Highs will be in the low 90s across much of the region for Friday afternoon. Also, some feels like temperatures will have the possibility of being in the triple digits with the higher humidity values taken into account. Therefore, make sure to stay hydrated if you have any outdoor plans during the afternoon hours!

As we head into the weekend, this upper level ridge will continue to highly influence our typical summer-like pattern, but thanks to additional dry air being brought into the region, chances for pop-up afternoon and evening showers and storms will be slightly less for both Saturday and Sunday at around 30-40% as less moisture will be brought into the region. Thanks to this second dose of slightly drier air, highs will be in the low to mid 90s across much of the Wiregrass, with some feels like temperatures possibly in the triple digits once again, so make sure to stay hydrated if you go outdoors this weekend!

This same pattern will continue for Monday as well, with highs once again in the low to mid 90s. Our rain chances look to be on the increase though as we head into Tuesday and Wednesday with ample moisture returning to the region. Highs will drop back closer to 90 for Tuesday and Wednesday thanks to these higher rain chances.

Shifting to the tropics, a low pressure system currently located over east central MS will move eastward into the western Atlantic on Friday, and may become conducive for gradual development as it drifts towards the Carolinas this weekend. The National Hurricane Center gives it a 30% chance of development over the next 5 days. Thankfully, this system is not expected to impact us here in the Wiregrass. We will, however, continue to monitor it over the next few days.

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