Today, partly to mostly cloudy along the Gulf Coast with high temperatures topping out at around 87 degrees. Those clouds stick around tonight and similar conditions are expected tomorrow. Heading into the weekend, our first big cold front of the season arrives, and high temperatures dip into the 70s by Saturday.
Tropical Depression Sally currently over southeast Alabama and moving northeast away from the area. Circulation around the system has effectively produced a cold front that is now over our coastal waters.
In addition, unfortunately, we are having to keep an eye on an area of disturbed weather over the southwest Gulf of Mexico that is becoming better organized.
Other than the departure of Sally from the southeast U.S., the upper-level weather pattern doesn’t really change a lot through Saturday night. Water vapor satellite imagery this morning shows a pretty good slug of moisture riding up toward the area. This is likely to produce quite a bit of cloud cover across at least the southeast half of the area beginning later today and continuing into the weekend. We can’t rule out a few showers across the south third of the area on Friday and the southeast half of the area on Saturday. Thunder will be limited north of that cold front boundary, and a little more widespread to the south.
As long as the boundary remains offshore, we’ll be looking at some welcome cooler and less humid weather across the area beginning tomorrow. This will likely be the coolest spell of weather across the area since early May.