Will it be called Bret, or Cindy?

Will it be named at all?

No matter what happens, the Emerald Coast can expect a rainy week ahead.

Starting this afternoon, the National Weather Service office in Mobile says we will see scattered showers and thunderstorms moving through the area with a rain threat that will extend into tonight.

“While primary impacts include locally heavy downpours and frequent lightning, there is a marginal risk for severe weather this afternoon and evening for areas northwest of Interstate 65, where any stronger thunderstorms could be capable of producing isolated damaging wind gusts as well,” the service wrote in its most recent hazardous weather statement.

For the rest of the week the forecast calls for scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms each day. “Frequent lightning, gusty winds and locally heavy downpours are possible with the stronger storms,” the service wrote.

Tropical moisture streaming northward from the Gulf of Mexico, from the tropical disturbance to the south, could create a widespread heavy rain threat, forecasts warn.

The worst should affect the southern portions of area counties where rainfall from 2 to 4 inches, and maybe double that in certain areas, could occur.

Forecasters say an elevated flood threat exists from a line south of Wiggins, Bay Minette and Crestview. Other areas face a limited flood threat.

Obviously this could change if the system in the southern Gulf becomes a tropical storm and moves into our forecast area.

The Weather Service also warns of rip currents and high surf along area beaches.

The Gulf disturbance is given an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone within the next 48 hours, according to the National Hurricane Center.