Elsa continues to churn through the Gulf this afternoon, riding dangerously close to Florida (as seen below). She is expected to make landfall late tonight/early into Wednesday morning as a Tropical Storm. Damaging winds and heavy rainfall (4-8+ inches) are expected. For more details view our video forecast at the bottom of this post.
It is interesting to point out how much the UV indices are reduced with cloud cover. This doesn't mean you are not capable of getting a sunburn when it is cloudy, but dense cloud cover associated with a tropical system will lesson your odds for sure. Jumping back to home, East Tennessee will have very high indices today (10-11 for some). If you plan to be outdoors be sure to protect yourself from both the rays and the heat. Drinks lots of water, apply sunscreen or wear light colored clothing, and find a way to cool off.
As we work ahead, this humidity will lead to isolated showers today but scattered showers/storms tomorrow. By Thursday, a low to our north will bring a chance for widespread activity that will carry into parts of Friday. We are not talking about a tremendous amount of rainfall, with generally upwards of an inch between now and Friday. Showers/storms will be hit and miss as well so think of this as a max average across the area.
Your typical summer-time weather pattern is underway. We have a tropical system to the south and isolated to scattered afternoon showers/storms possible each day ahead. A front brings better chances towards the end of the work week, but the heat and humidity stick around.
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