The hot stuff is back on this Tuesday as the heat continues to build and expand across the Gulf Coast. Our extended spell of unseasonably hot conditions will hold across the area this week. Highs will top out today in the upper 90s near the record of 100 then topping the daily record of 96 (set just last year) on Wednesday. Mid-week heat will soar to 99 degrees. Then a thunder threat enters the forecast on Thursday as a weak front brings our best chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. We could actually use the wet weather: ZERO rain has been measured so far this month at Mobile Regional Airport and only a trace has shown up in the bucket at Pensacola International Airport.
Hurricane Humberto continues to strengthen as it tracks well off the Carolina coast. It could eventually become a major (category 3) hurricane as it poses a threat to the island of Bermuda over the coming days. It could strike Bermuda on Wednesday or Wednesday night.
I'm also watching a persistent cluster of clouds and showers over the far western Gulf of Mexico. It has a low chance of turning into an organized system, but will likely be a big time rain maker for the Texas coast.
Another area I'm watching for you is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a good chance an area of low pressure will strengthen into a tropical depression or tropical storm over the next few days. I'll let you know what happens and if we have anything to worry about here along the Gulf Coast.