Stormy afternoon in spots

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Keep the rain gear handy this afternoon. Our humid atmosphere is ripe for scattered showers and thunderstorms to fire up. Aided by a weak upper-level disturbance coming out of Missouri, some of those storms could briefly bring gusty winds and heavy downpours. Its part of an overall unsettled weather pattern for the first week in September. When its not raining, it will be very muggy and hot this week. The arrival of a stronger cold front by the end of the week could enhance rain chances and the chance for more widespread storms.

For the rest of this afternoon and through the early evening, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly moving from west to east across the state. Most of the action dies down by late evening, but there still could be a few showers persisting past midnight, mainly in east Alabama. Otherwise, partly cloudy overnight and balmy with lows in the mid to upper 70s. Wednesday begins with a cloudy sky and we’ll quickly warm-up to near 90 by lunchtime. Then watch for scattered showers and thunderstorms to fire up. Highs may not get too far above 90° thanks to the rain and cloud cover. Thursday could be more hot than anything else, but still can’t rule out a few isolated afternoon showers and storms with highs climbing to the mid 90s. Friday should also be hot, but there’s a better chance of scattered showers and thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening. The stormy pattern continues into at least the first half of the weekend. How much wet weather we’ll see Sunday depends greatly on where the cold front settles after moving through Saturday.

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