DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The hot and dry pattern that set up over the southeast will be staying in place until the first part of the weekend. High temperatures will be trending in the lower to middle 90s. Since humidity levels will be staying fairly low, the heat index will not be a huge factor.
In the tropics, near the southern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos a tropical wave has been developing. There is a decent chance over the next 5 days that the system will become a tropical depression or storm as it move toward the Florida peninsula.
Right now, conditions are not conducive of immediate development, but over the next several days that will likely change. This system will be moving to the northwest toward the Florida peninsula. By the second half of the weekend, it will likely be in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. At this point in time, it may be a tropical depression.
Heavy rain will be the main threat to the peninsula this weekend along with gusty wind. For us in the Wiregrass, we will also see an increase in rain and storm chances. Beyond that, there are a lot of questions about how well organized or strong this system will become.
The WDHN Storm Team will be keeping an eye on this and the forecast will be evolving over the next couple of days. Stay tuned into the weather.