In the tropics, we now have Tropical Depression # 7, which formed in the central Atlantic on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to reach tropical storm strength soon. At 5 am Wednesday, TD # 7 was located near 10.0 North, 42.4 West, and maximum sustained winds were 35 miles per hour. TD # 7 was moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour. This system is forecast to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to portions of the Windward Islands on Saturday, but then it will face less favorable conditions in the eastern Caribbean. We’ll keep an eye on it.
Wednesday features clouds, showers, and storms on a sometimes gusty ocean breeze. A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at the Atlantic beaches. Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 80s, but it will feel more like 100 degrees, so stay hydrated.
Look for clouds, showers, and some storms on the breeze again on Thursday. Look for the bulk of the activity to be along the Gulf Coast and the interior. Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.
Friday will feature good sun alternating with showers and storms in the east coast metro area. The Gulf coast will see plenty of clouds and afternoon showers and storms. Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.
Saturday will be mostly sunny to start, with showers and storms developing during the afternoon. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.
Sunday’s forecast calls for a summertime mix of sun, clouds, and periods of showers and storms. Highs on Sunday will be in the low 90s.
We’re also watching the wave that’s now in the Gulf of Mexico. This wave has a medium chance of becoming a depression before reaching the coast of Louisiana and eastern Texas this weekend. In any case, it will bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the region.