First Alert: Tropical system forming on the Gulf

First Alert: Tropical system forming on the Gulf

Passing clouds with a few showers Wednesday afternoon and evening will subside overnight as Potential Tropical Cyclone Two churns in the Gulf. Temperatures will ease back into the 80s after sundown and into the 70s overnight.

Thursday will be another day with afternoon showers and storms here and there. A 40% chance for storms during the day with afternoon highs around 90 degrees. Friday will be a lot like Thursday, highs around 90 with a 40% chance for a storm.

All the while, what is now called Potential Tropical Cyclone Two, will be gaining strength in the Gulf. By Friday, it is likely to be a named storm. If it does intensify, it would be named Barry. By Friday, the current forecast shows it will be a strong Tropical Storm or weak Hurricane.

Saturday, as likely-to-be-named-then Barry turns north, it will increase our chances for rain. Highs will be in the mid 80s with a greater-than 70% chance for rain. Rain totals will be between 2 inches and 6 inches on Saturday.

Sunday, as Barry crawls by, the rain will continue with highs in the low 80s. Rainfall totals will be an additional 2 inches to 6 inches of rain. The chance for rain on Sunday - especially in the morning - will be around 80%.

By Monday, things will begin to calm down. Highs will be in the upper 80s with a 50% chance for rain.

By Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, we return to normal Summertime Mode with highs in the 90s with a 30% chance for afternoon storms.

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