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CODE RED WEATHER: Dangerous heat this weekend

(image: WPMI) CODE RED WEATHER: Near Record Heat plus High Humidity equals Dangerous Heat Index Readings

Hurricane Florence continues to grab the weather headlines and even though we won’t see any harsh weather locally, the hurricane will influence our weather into the weekend. The strong east-northeast wind flow on the back side of Florence is bringing unusually dry weather to skies above Lower Alabama. That will limit the number of thunderstorms as the forecast calls for a few to form this afternoon followed by mainly dry conditions this weekend.

The lack of rain and clouds will help our temperatures climb (dry air heats-up more than moist air). Expect above average highs in the low to middle 90s through the weekend. Even though the sky will be void of moisture, at the surface the humidity will be on the high side. Expect the heat index to climb to 105° or higher the next three days.

At the Beach:

Mostly sunny today with a slight chance of showers and storms, mainly during the morning. High Temperature: 88°. Water Temperature: 86°. Wind: SW 5 mph. Surf: 1 foot or less. Rip Current Risk: Low.

Tropics:

Florence is a category two hurricane and will make landfall this morning just north of Wilmington, North Carolina. The slow moving storm will bring life-threatening storm surge and heavy rain to North Carolina and South Carolina. Perhaps the biggest concern with this storm is the slower forward movement, as the storm's center (and associated swath of heavy rain) will linger near the coast for 24+ hours. Catastrophic flooding will follow as the storm stalls out. Not just along the coast, but inland as well. Some areas could receive 20-30" of rain and isolated amounts of 35"+ are not out of the question!

Hurricane Helene is down to a tropical storm on the other side of the Atlantic. Helene will continue to weaken over the next few days as it heads north toward the colder water of the north Atlantic Ocean.

Isaac has been downgraded to a tropical depression and is moving west through the Caribbean. Isaac will also continue to weaken as it cruises through the Caribbean. On one hand, the storm may completely dissipate. However, *IF* it can survive the next 4-5 days, there is the possibility it could gain strength again in the Gulf of Mexico next week. We'll keep a close eye on Isaac so be sure to check back often for the latest update.

Joyce is a tropical storm in the northeast Atlantic. Like Helene, Joyce will stay on that side of the ocean and not pose a threat to the U.S.

We're also still watching a cluster of showers and storms (Invest 95) over the west-central Gulf of Mexico. Odds of development are now very slim as the disturbance will soon move inland over south Texas.

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