TD 5 in Gulf; PM Thunderstorms Here

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TD 5 in Gulf; PM Thunderstorms Here

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MOBILE, Alabama -

Tropical Depression number 5 formed this afternoon in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated earlier today and found maximum sustained wind of 30mph. TD 5 in the Bay of Campeche is moving west-northwestward, on a path that will take it to Mexico within two days. That does not give it much time to strengthen so the biggest threat to Mexico will be heavy rain. Follow the track on your free News 5 weather app.

There have been 3 named storms so far this hurricane season, in the Atlantic. If TD 5 strengthens to tropical storm force (sustained winds of 39mph or greater), the name would be Dolly.

Looking back at weather stats for August, temperatures were right at typical. That is an average of each day's high and low. Rainfall was less than half of average, although for the year, our area is still above average.

Expect some rain, somewhere, every day this week but on any given day, the rain coverage will be less than a third of the area, and on most days it will be less than a quarter of the area. It will be slightly wetter for the second half of the week but even then, that would be mainly scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

We keep a light southeast wind. As our night stays generally quiet in the middle 70s, expect daytime highs to linger in the lower 90s for coastal counties, and middle 90s for inland counties.

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