Wake Up Wiregrass Forecast: Scattered Showers and Tropics Update

Wednesday morning will start out dry for the most part but keep the rain jacket close. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will fire up late morning into the afternoon hours.

Highs will reach 88 degrees today, with lows around 74 degrees tonight.

There has been a lot of activity over the past 12 hours from really Louisiana to Georgia on radar, the main movement being west to east causing heavy, consistent rain over parts of central Alabama all thanks to a stalled front in the middle of the state.

The majority for the Doppler Radar is dry this morning except for a few spotty showers in Pike and Barbour counties but that energy over central Alabama will spark more showers for your Wednesday later this morning through the early afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase in coverage as instability increases with added daytime heating, along with the typical summer time sea breeze that will push inland from the Gulf.

Storms may start to thin out a little but by Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, deep tropical moisture continues with scattered chances throughout the week with highs consistent in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Expect mostly smooth to light chop conditions on coastal lakes and bays with winds moving southeast at 5 to 10 knots and seas 2 to 3 feet.

Tropics Update: Tropical Storm Franklin is back over warm waters, in the southwest Gulf, gaining strength.  It could be a hurricane shortly before reaching Mexico late tonight or Thursday morning, right on par with climatological timing considering the majority of the first hurricanes of the season form after August 1 according to data from the National Hurricane Center.

The other system that needs to be watched is Invest 99-L in the Atlantic which has a medium chance of development when it reaches the Bahamas as it tracks northwestward. 


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