A few showers today, watching heavy rain from Ida coming mid-week


A few thunderstorms possible late tonight...

TONIGHT: Mostly Cloudy, A Stray Shower Or Storm (Mostly After 8 PM). Lo 72. Winds: E 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: Hot and Humid. Stray PM Storm. Hi 90. Winds: W 5-15 mph.

TUESDAY: Increasing Clouds with Showers by Evening (Moisture from Ida). Hi 84.

Today has been cloudy, but dry in general. We even started with lower humidity and lower dewpoints! Since then the day has gotten progressively more humid even as temperatures stayed in the upper 70s and low 80s. A few showers and storms have developed to our west over the mountains and that is a sign of some showers and storms locally after sunset this evening.

As a stronger disturbance approaches late tonight, that could lead to a few overnight showers and storms mainly over our western counties before the activity weakens. Highs will reach the mid-80s today but humidity will remain quite uncomfortable.

Monday will offer another chance for an afternoon storm but coverage continues to look spotty at best with the best dynamics staying north. More sunshine and a westerly wind will bring the heat back with highs near 90.

Our forecast then turns to Hurricane Ida, which will make landfall today in Louisiana as a major Category 4 hurricane. Tropical moisture is forecast to track through the Tennessee Valley early this week before it reaches the Midstate Wednesday. Rainfall amounts are still uncertain, but we’re becoming more confident in 2-4″ of rain, with potential for locally higher amounts. Stay tuned for more details. Things should start to dry out by the start of next weekend with a reprieve from the humidity finally on the way!

-Meteorologists Dan Tomaso and Adis Juklo

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