THURSDAY: The upper wind flow will shift more off the Gulf of Mexico through the day – with it, expect a mix of sun and clouds giving way to scattered, mainly afternoon, showers and storms to develop. Highs will top out, generally, in the lower to middle 90s. Storms may have some staying power after sunset in a few instances before fizzling out with a partly clear sky. Lows will fall to the lower to middle 70s.
FRIDAY: High pressure to our east and a persistent flow off the Gulf will hold the line to round out the work week. Expect a mix of sun and clouds with a risk for a few afternoon showers and storms, drifting from southeast to northwest. Highs will top out in the lower to middle 90s. Storms will fade after sunset with lows in the middle 70s.
EXTENDED FORECAST: With the ridge off to the east, expect a similar set up through Saturday as what we’ve seen through late week – a mix of clouds and sun with highs in the lower to middle 90s with a risk for afternoon downpours. The upper ridge to our east will also be a main driver in the extended forecast. With TD #9 has forming near Jamaica and expected to strengthen, as early as today, into a tropical storm. It continues to look less and less likely that we will escape this system and its impacts as we head into end of the weekend and into early next week. The most likely solution at this point is that the storm will ‘shoot the gap’ between the Yucatan and Cuba, emerge into the Gulf of Mexico Saturday and quickly advance and quickly strengthen as it moves toward the NW. Exact location of landfall and potential impacts are still to be seen.
WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist
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