Near-record heat this week with relief arriving early next week

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) – Hello Gulf Coast, we are halfway to the weekend! We are coming off the hottest October day ever recorded across the Gulf Coast. We shattered daily records in Mobile and Pensacola, but we also surpassed the all-time record high for October in both cities as well. The previous record in both cities was 95°. It reached 97° in Mobile and 96° in Pensacola. The next few days we’ll be near these temperatures while rain chances remain low. However, there are better days ahead. More on that in just a bit.

Early on today will be like previous days this week. It will be warm, but somewhat comfortable. There won’t be any issues for your commute either. It will warm up fast though. We’ll be in the upper 80s by mid-morning and we’ll be in the lower 90s by lunchtime.

By the heart of the afternoon most will be back in the middle 90s, but for areas farther inland, it’s upper 90s. At the coast it’s lower 90s, but no matter where you’re at, with the humidity, heat index values will be around 100-105°.

The chance for any rain remains low. There may be one or two showers late this afternoon into the evening, but that chance is only 10%.

Any chance for rain goes away tonight leading to another night of clear skies and lows near 73.

Don’t expect many changes for your Thursday, but some changes will start to happen by Friday. A weak front will be moving towards us and this may squeeze out a few showers. It will still be hot though. Again, this is a weak front so this may knock down temperatures a couple of degrees for Saturday, but we’re looking at dry skies.

Due to persistent dry conditions, there is a risk for fires. The entire state of Alabama is under a fire alert and now so is the State of Mississippi. Get more details in the links below:

Alabama Fire Alert: http://www.forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Informational/News.aspx?Article=A0012

Mississippi Fire Alert: https://www.mfc.ms.gov/sites/default/files/Statewide-Wildland-Fire-Risk-Alert-WEB.pdf?fbclid=IwAR076vrzTisKk-trdHrVVUUdI-hGKQJDkha0k146BvMnyJD_lbZGM32-PLA

A more potent front will start to move towards us by the end of the weekend. Before the front arrives, we’ll see a decent chance for rain both Sunday and Monday. The front looks like it will pass us sometime Monday night into Tuesday. After the front moves away we’re back to dry skies but fall-like temperatures arrive! If this timing stays the same, lows Tuesday morning will be in the lower 60s and highs will be in the lower 80s!

TROPICAL UPDATE:

In the tropics, Lorenzo is no longer a tropical system, but it is still a strong storm that will head towards Ireland in the next few days.

We continue to track a disturbance in the western Caribbean. This has a low chance of developing as it continues west. Even if it were to develop, it will likely continue west, meaning it will stay away from our stretch of the Gulf. It’s not a threat, but we’ll continue to watch.

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