RIGHT NOW: I hope everyone out there is having a nice Labor Day! We have some showers and thunderstorms in progress out there, and they aren't moving very much. Here's a radar check for you around 6:30 PM ET:
If you aren't picking up any rain or stormy weather, you can bet it's hot and humid. Here's a look at 6 PM ET temperatures, and heat index values are still at or above 100 in some spots:
Tonight, the rain coverage will drop off dramatically after sunset. Most spots stay dry tonight with lows in the mid 70s - with muggy conditions as well.
THROUGH THURSDAY: The overall coverage of showers and storms will be in the 20-30% range for Tuesday and Wednesday with highs again in the mid to upper 90s. The best rain chance will come in the afternoon and evening, as we typically expect this time of year. By Thursday, we expect a better coverage of showers and storms (around 40%) thanks to a weak boundary that might provide a better focus for showers and storms. With increases in clouds and showers around, we'll lower temperatures into the low to mid 90s.
WEEKEND OUTLOOK: Friday and Saturday look like fairly average late summer days with highs in the lower 90s and a 30% coverage of showers and storms. The best chances will again be in the afternoon and evening, and while it is too early at this point to be specific about the exact coverage and timing of the rain, it looks like okay weather for high school football games - some will deal with some showers and storms, while many stay dry. By late in the weekend and early next week, another boundary will drop down to the south providing a better focus for showers and storms, so we'll lower temperatures a few degrees by Sunday and Monday and increase the rain coverage to around 40%.
TROPICS: A new tropical depression - the fifth of the season - has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. It is forecasted to become a tropical storm in the coming days as it tracks west into Mexico - no threat to the United States. Here's the 5-day track from the National Hurricane Center.
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX