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August heat wave climbs into the dangerous territory

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Our August heat wave is now crossing into dangerous territory. Heat indices in some cases have exceeded 105. Peak heat indices of 105 to 108 are likely at least through Saturday, and even on Sunday, the levels will continue to be extremely high. Saturday's record high is in jeopardy.  The record of 100 in 1987 could easily be tied or exceeded. The Heat Advisory remains in effect for all of our area through Saturday.  Even overnight lows don't offer much or any relief with middle 70's and high humidity.  Showers will be hard to find on the radar again today and Saturday. Showers will become a little more numerous Sunday, which may help cool off a few lucky communities.  But, even Sunday, we're looking for highs in the upper 90's. 

LOOKING AHEAD: As that big upper level heat wave high begins to break down, we'll start to see more storms, and the high temperatures will back off several degrees as we get into next week.  It will still be hot, but not as hot, with highs by Tuesday through Friday returning to the lower 90's, as we ease closer to the big Labor Day weekend.

TROPICAL TALK: That disturbance moving into the Caribbean, classified as Invest 96-L is being investigated by Air Force Recon again today. They will determine if this system should be upgraded to tropical depression.  Eventually we think it will be a depression and/or Tropical Storm Cristobal, sometime over the weekend.  Model guidance continues to push this system toward the west northwest in the direction of Hispanolia and eventually into the Bahamas.  If this system survives it's encounter with the high mountains to Hispanolia, it is likely to re-curve into the tropical Atlantic. It appears unlikely this will be a Gulf problem. However, it's important to remind everyone, that until this system actually gets it's act together, it will be tough for the models to get a handle on the system's ultimate destination.  We will continue to monitor, of course. Stay tuned. 

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