A Brief Dry Patch

We start this week with drier days and lower surf.  One hazard remains: several area rivers are flooding.

There are showers and some thunderstorms offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and a few showers to our north.  Neither is likely to find its way into our neighborhood today.  Our chance of rain is low, around a 5%.

We warm to the upper 80s this afternoon at most locations with mid 80s along the immediate coastline.

Forecast today starts off bright and ends up bright for most of us.  There is a slight chance–about 5%–of a pop-up shower along the coast this afternoon.

Most of our smaller rivers have gone back within their banks, but larger rivers are still in flood.  They include the Escambia River in Florida, the Alabama and Tombigbee Rivers in Alabama, and the Leaf, Chickasawhay, and Pascagoula Rivers in Mississippi.

Beach forecast is looking good!  Serve 1 to 2 feet, water temperature 81°, and a low risk of rip currents today.  Download News 5’s free weather at to stay on top of the weather anywhere and anytime.

Oh, and by the way, there are no new tropical systems brewing in the Atlantic, Gulf, or Caribbean.  Extended outlook includes low rain chances today and tomorrow.  By Wednesday, we are at a typical-for-summer 30% chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms.  Rain chance bumps up to 50% Thursday and hovers at around 40% for Friday and the weekend.  Daytime highs stay in the upper 80s with lows a degree or two either side of 70.

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