We’ll start off the work week still mostly sunny and hot with a chance of showers. High temperatures will stay in the lower 90s but will feel more like the upper 90s. Tropical Depression 8 (once Fiona) will likely re-strengthen to a Tropical Storm as it gets closer to the Carolina Coast; however, this will only bring some rain to east North Carolina and have little to no effect on Columbus. A cold front will then try to move through Friday before stalling out – increasing rain chances from stray through the majority of the week to a chance. The other influence for the end of the week is a low pressure system in the Gulf that could track farther northeast into Florida. Overall, it will be a mostly dry and sunny pattern even through the coming Labor Day Weekend.
TROPICS UPDATE: There are four disturbances we are watching, some more than others. The system south of Florida in the Gulf has strengthened to Tropical Depression Nine. If it continues to strengthen it will bring gusty winds and rain to southern Florida as it tracks northeast. We’ll have a more accurate track over the next few days as to its impact on Alabama and Georgia (if much at all). Tropical Depression 8 (previously Fiona) is far off the Carolina Coast but will likely re-strengthen into a Tropical Storm as it moves closer to the Carolinas; however, it will have little impact – bringing rain to east North Carolina by Tuesday if it stays on track. Hurricane Gaston (even farther east of Tropical Depression 8) poses no threat to the United States as it tracks farther away from us. The peak for hurricane season is September 11th and with the tropics becoming more active, the First Alert Weather Team will continuously be monitoring any new development.