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Hot With Little To No Rain Today

Short Term Forecast:  We have a warm and very muggy start to this Thursday with mostly clear skies.  Temperatures are in the lower to mid 70s.

Expect a hotter afternoon as the upper-level ridge of high pressure, which is centered over the Four Corners Region of the U.S., remains over us.  This will limit the amount of storms we will see this afternoon.  It will be partly cloudy and hot with only spotty storms popping up.  Highs will be in the mid 90s and the heat index 100 to 105.

It will be warm and very muggy again tonight with partly cloudy skies.  Low temperatures will only fall to the mid 70s.

Friday will be a transition day from the somewhat drier weather to the return of afternoon pop-up storms.  This is due to the eastern edge of the ridge of high pressure eroding.  At the same time as cold front will slowly move down from the north toward Louisiana.  This will allow extra moisture to return and that will give us partly cloudy skies with isolated showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.  It will stay very hot with highs in the mid 90s.  Friday Night will be partly cloudy with some spotty showers.  Lows will be in the mid 70s.

Weekend Outlook:  A trough of low pressure will sit along the Eastern U.S. and that will send the cold front into Baton Rouge on Saturday.  At the same time we will see some stronger winds aloft and a very unstable atmosphere over the city.  This will help to set off scattered showers and thunderstorms starting in the morning and continuing through the afternoon/evening.  Some of the storms could be strong with gusty winds and have some hail.  We will stay hot before the storms develop with highs in the lower to mid 90s.  Saturday Night will have a few clouds with lows in the lower 70s.

The cold front will stall and dissipate along the Louisiana Coast on Sunday.  Some drier air will move into Baton Rouge during the day and that will limit the amount of storms we will have.  You can expect partly cloudy skies with only stray storms.  Highs will be in the lower 90s and lows in the lower 70s on Sunday Night.

Tropical Outlook:  All areas of the tropics are quiet and they will stay that way through Friday.

Try to keep cool and have a nice day! -Dave


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